In Unit 1, students work towards presenting a short, live presentation focused on a specific aspect of playing technique and a video recording of the opening ten minutes of a first lesson, introducing a student to the instrument.
For Unit 2, students submit an abstract of their written work and receive comments from their mentor before their final 3,500 essay is submitted.
In preparation for the final assessment in Unit 3, students analyse the content of a lesson and provide a brief written discussion of their findings. This leads on to a case study of their own (recorded) teaching. Students reflect in writing and specifically consider the impact on learning, contextualising and supporting, with references to relevant teaching literature.
For Unit 4, students first critique the published schemes of work or tutor methods of others, before constructing their own one year curriculum appropriate to a specific category of learner which includes a scheme of work/short term plan and an example of a detailed lesson plan.
Grades, rather than percentages, are given for assessed work. Students receive detailed written, video, or verbal feedback for all assessed work.
- Grade A (Pass): The work demonstrates a high level of knowledge and understanding and/or technical skill, and shows both insight and a confident ability in dealing with complex issues. Work is inventive and imaginative, with clear evidence of awareness of issues at the forefront of the discipline.
- Grade B (Pass): The work demonstrates good knowledge and understanding and/or technical skill, and shows the ability to deal with complex issues. There is evidence of an inventive or imaginative approach, with some awareness of issues and practice currently relevant to the discipline.
- Grade C (Pass): The work demonstrates some knowledge and understanding and/or technical skill. Work is generally conventional with some elements of invention or imagination.
- Grade D (Pass): The work demonstrates a limited degree of knowledge and understanding and/or technical skill. Work is generally conventional with a few elements of invention or imagination.
- Grade E (Fail): Very inconsistent work, showing weak understanding and/or technical skill, and either lacking in coherence, or of an inadequate length. There is a failure to address successfully most module criteria.