The philosophy behind vocational programmes is to encourage student centred learning. You are encouraged to carry out your own research within a supportive and constructive teaching framework. Initiative, flexibility and a consistent approach to producing work in-class and during private study time is emphasised. The programme is assessed by a range of methods, including project work, role-play, oral presentations, case studies, in-class assignments and coursework. All units for the Diploma must be completed to either Merit or Distinction standard in order to proceed to the second year Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking & System Support). To be successful it will be necessary for you to undertake a significant amount of private study to meet the demands of the programme.
All assessments are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used to grade your work. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction but: To achieve a 'pass' you must achieve all of the pass criteria; To achieve a 'merit' you must achieve all of the pass and merit criteria; To achieve a 'distinction' you must achieve all of the pass, merit and distinction criteria.