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Access Document Downloads

All of the key LASER Access forms and policy documents can be found below. 

The downloads are arranged by section; click on a bullet point to jump to the section

 

General Guidance & Policies                                        

Access Centre Handbook (update coming)
List of LASER Access Diploma Titles with Learning Aims
The Role of the Access Coordinator in Centres providing Access Diplomas
The LASER Access charging tariff 2016-17
Complaints and Appeals against LASER as an AVA
AQDC Student Representative Nomination Form and Information
Access Quartz Web User Guide (full guide to all aspects of using Quartz Web for Access to HE users)

Registering Students

New Guidelines for registering students within 12 weeks
Withdrawal Policy Amendment
Reg 1: Application Form  to amend student unit registration in exceptional circumstances
Reg 2: Application Form to amend student Diploma registration
Reg 3: Student Withdrawal refund application
Quartz Web E-Registration: User Manual (guide just for registering learners)

Final Moderation and Awards Board Arrangements

Access End of Year Arrangements - Guidance Document

Access End of Year Arrangements - Powerpoint Presentation

Open PowerPoint and click ’start slide show from beginning’ to watch full presentation with audio

Preliminary and Final  Awards Board Agenda (updated for 2016-17)

Certification

RACs and Certification Overview
Guide to completing the RAC
Guide to Online Direct Entry of Unit Grades - (new for 2016-17)
Policy on Amendments to Certificates (for use only in reporting admin errors in results)
Guide to re-issuing Access Diplomas (for use when seeking replacements for lost certificates)
Re-issuing Diploma request form (for use when seeking replacements for lost certificates)

Student Appeals & Complaints

A Guide to Student Complaint/Appeals
AQ7 Student Representation Form (appeal against grading decision)
AQ10 Student Complaint Form (for students to register a complaint)

  

Designing Access Diploma Courses (Validations)

The LASER Access Framework 2015-16
The QAA Access Diploma Specifications 2013
AV1: Designing New Access to HE Diplomas
AV1: New Diploma Validation Guidance
AV1: New Diploma Validation Template
AV2: Revalidation Diploma Guidance
AV2.1: Part One - 5 Year Review
AV2.2: Part Two - General Diploma(s) Submission
AV2.3: Part Three - Individual Diploma Submission
AV3: Rules of Combination and Unit List (AVROC)
AV4: Unit Assessment and Content Information
AV5: Amendment to Access Diploma Form (previously A7 form)
AV5a: Access to HE Unit Quality Process Form
AV6: Additional Diploma Title to existing provision (previously A8 form)
Guidance for AV5 and AV6 processes
Access Diploma Assessment Plan -see IMA4 in Internal Moderation below
Transfer Access Diploma from other AVA to LASER - form and process
Access Validation Panel Guidelines

  

Quality Processes (AQ5 Forms)

See separate Assessment & Grading page for policies and templates

AQ5i: Accreditation of Prior Learning Guidance (PDF)
AQ5i: Accreditation of Prior Learning Form (Word)
AQ5ii: Credit Transfer Form & Guidance (Word)
AQ5iii: Aeograt Award Form & Guidance (Word)
AQ5iv: Extension for completion of work beyond the Final Awards Board Date (Word)

 Access External Moderation - updated for 2016-17

Access Quality & Moderation Handbook 2016-17 (an overall guide to the whole process)
External Moderation Report Writing Guidance (a guide for both Diploma and Lead Moderator Reports)
External Moderation Report Form
External Moderation Report Form - worked example for guidance
Lead Centre Moderator Report Form
Lead Centre Moderator Report Form - worked example for guidance
EMA3: Moderator’s Invoice Claim Form
Moderator Appointment Guide
EMA4: Moderator Application Form

Internal Moderation

IMA1: Internal Moderation Guidelines

IMA2a: Sampling feedback template for individual assignment. (use this form to provide feedback to a tutor/assessor on a sample of work for an individual student)

IMA2b: Access Student Sampling Record (use this form to record feedback to a tutor/assessor for sampled work for a number of students)

IMA3: IM Action Plan (use this form as a template for an action plan for feedback to a tutor/assessor)
IMA4: Diploma Assessment Plan (for planning assessment for an entire Diploma)
IMA5: Unit Assessment Plan (for planning assessment for a single unit, if using an IMA4 there may well be no need to use an IMA5)
IMA6: Student Portfolio Sample (use for feedback for sampling an entire student portfolio)
IMA7: Cover Sheet for Student Portfolio (use one of these at the front of each student portfolio to make IM & EM easier)
IMA8a: Internal Moderation Sampling using the Chevron method (guidance)
IMA8b: Internal Moderation Sampling using the Chevron method (template)

Applications to HE

Standard Text for Access UCAS References
Notification of results to HEIs (template)

 

Assessment & Grading: General Guidance

TA01 - Access Assessment Guidelines
Guidance on Numerical Marking (November 2013)
AQ7 Student Representation Application Form (for students appealing grading decisions)
AQ8 Student Referral Form (for tutors to manage the referral process)
Reasonable Adjustments for Assessment (Form and Guidance)
Preventing and deterring academic malpractice
Academic Malpractice Policy (Access to HE Courses)
AQ9 Access Suspected Malpractice Report (for recording incidents)
Ethical research policy & guidelines for primary research
LASER Student Guide to Academic Referencing
LASER Guidance on Use of English in Assessment Practice
LASER Examination Policy for Access Diplomas (new for 2016-17 implementation)
Policy Briefing: Grading and the Late Submission of Work

Templates for Supporting Assessment & Grading

ASSESSMENT PLANNING

IMA4 Access Diploma Assessment Plan - for planning and tracking the overall assessment  of a whole Diploma (see IMA4 in Internal Moderation above)

IMA5 Access Unit Assessment Plan - for designing and internally moderating an assessment plan for a unit including mapping to grade descriptors and learning outcomes/assessment criteria (see IMA5 in Internal Moderation above)
TA03 Access Unit Grade Summary Sheet - to record the grade indicators for assignments and determin the final unit grade.
TA04a Access Assignment Task Brief/Cover Sheet (UNGRADED) for use as the basis for designing an assignment brief for students for ungraded work
TA04b Access Assignment Task Brief/Cover Sheet (GRADED) - for use as the basis for designing an assignment brief for students which makes reference to grading.
TA05a Access Assignment Task Feedback Sheet  (UNGRADED) for use as the basis for designing an assignment feedback form for tutors to use with students

TA05b Access Assignment Task Feedback Sheet  (GRADED)  for use as the basis for designing an assignment feedback form for tutors to use with students which makes reference to grading.

RECORDING ASSESSMENT DECISIONS
Access student grade profile Excel v1 - to record individual student grade profiles across units on an Access course (some stylistic differences from v2)
Access student grade profile Excel to record individual student grade profiles across units on an Access course (some stylistic differences from v1)  
Access Class Summary of Unit Grades Excel - to record the summary of unit grades assigned to a whole Diploma class group of Access students

 QAA Grading Handbook

QAA Quick Guide for Tutors on Grading
QAA Grading Scheme: Additional Guidance for Access Practitioners (LASER document)
THE QAA GRADING IMPLEMENTATION HANDBOOK 
Index
Section A: Introduction & Summary
Section B: Grade Descriptors
Section B: Grade Descriptors - in Word format for cutting and pasting into Assignment Briefs etc
Section C: Using Grade Descriptors in Assessment
Section D: Moderation & Standardisation
Section E: Student Results & Awards Boards

 

 

 

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