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On completing all required assignments for a subject you are then entitled to sit for an examination in that subject. If you pass the exam, you are awarded a pass in that subject, and an official letter will be sent from the school acknowledging this.
NOTE: You do not have to do an examination unless you want to! (To gain an official pass however...the exam is necessary).
You can sit the exam away from the school at a location which is convenient to you. The procedure for this is as follows:
- You nominate an adjudicator (i.e. supervisor) to oversee the exam. This must be a reputable person (such as a police officer, Justice of the Peace, Minister of religion, school principal, tertiary tutor/lecturer, employer or manager of a business or organisation established for more than 5 years, or member of a professional association which has an established code of ethics. Adjudicators cannot be relatives.)
- Set a date, time and place for the exam (usually held at the adjudicator's office or a library).
- Submit your exam application 3 weeks prior to the nominated date.
- We will send the exam to the adjudicator. Ensure you have supplied full and correct address and phone details.
If we can email the exam to the adjudicator please supply an email address.
- At the set time you attend the nominated place.
The adjudicator will conduct the exam. On completion of the exam, your work is taken by the adjudicator and sent by him/her directly to the school.
- Please supply your adjudicator with the cost of posting your exam to us.
- Or, exams can be scanned by your adjudicator and emailed to us.
- YOU SHOULD BRING A STAMPED ENVELOPE (ADDRESSED TO THE SCHOOL) TO THE EXAM FOR MAILING THE FINISHED PAPER if you intend to send it in by post.
- Exams are usually one and a half hours in duration.
- Students should bring pens and a few dozen sheets of foolscap or A4 paper with them.
- No texts or notes are allowed in the exam.
- An exam fee of UK£27.00 payable to the school applies each time you sit an exam.
HOW MANY EXAMS?
Standard Modules (100 hours duration) have assignments (normally one per lesson), and one exam on completion of all assignment. All assignments, plus the exam must be satisfactorily completed, in order to gain a module credit (or pass). Special circumstances including overall interaction with tutors throughout the course are always taken into account for borderline cases. People who fail are given opportunity to reapply and sit a supplementary exam. Exam fees are additional to course fees.
Project and Research Work
Non Standard Modules such as Research Projects, Workplace Projects, Workshops and Industry meetings do not have an exam, but adequate and academically sound proof of completion of required work must be produced in order to achieve a pass in such modules
Non Standard Certificates Courses
A few courses have different requirements - for example, a Certificate in Garden Design involves a set 30 lessons, rather than 6 modules. This certificate has only 4 exams for the entire certificate rather than the usual six.