Frequently Asked Questions

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What are credits?

Most of the courses in the CE programme are credit-bearing. Credit is a formal, quantified recognition of learning achievement. Credit is awarded at specific levels and currently all CE courses are at university level 1 (FHEQ level 4) which is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The number of credits measures the volume of learning. 120 credits normally equates to 1 year of University study. The credit value of a course is included in each CE course description.

If your course is credit-bearing you can choose to complete a formal assessment and gain credits which can be used to build towards a qualification. Credits can also sometimes be transferred between institutions but this is not an automatic process and is ultimately a matter for the receiving institution to decide.

As well as potentially leading to an award (eg Certificate) gaining credit also records a level of achievement for your own personal satisfaction and can be used as evidence of personal development in a work situation. Assessment of learning often means that you gain more from the course. You can find further useful information about credit and credit transfer here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Framework-Higher-Education-Qualifications-08.pdf


Does it cost extra to study for credit?

A small charge will be made when you register for credit. This is £10 for a 5 credit course and £15 for courses of 10 credits and above. For students who are enrolled on our online Continuing Education courses - there is no additional charge for accreditation, all costs are covered in the course fee.


How do I Register for Credit?

You can register for credit on the course enrolment form. Alternatively, if you decide to study for credit once the course has started you can complete an Accreditation payment form and return it to the CE Office with the appropriate fee. Your lecturer will advise the latest date by which this should be done, but this would normally be about midway through the course. The cut-off point may be earlier than this for some language courses.


What qualifications might I gain?

At 120 credits, you can apply for the University award of a Certificate in Higher Education (Cert. HE). This is a formal University award which demonstrates that you have achieved the equivalent of the first year of undergraduate study. A Cert. HE can sometimes be used as a base to move on to further study.

Continuing Education also offers a 60 credit Personal and Professional Development Certificate. Please see the separate information sheet for more information.

More information about HE qualifications can be found at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/FHEQ08.pdf


How do I get my Certificate?

Once you have accumulated the required number of credits you should contact the CE office, in writing, with your student number and a list of the relevant course titles, module codes and start dates. Your Certificate will be issued once we have verified that you have achieved the required credits. Please be aware that credit gained from repeated courses cannot be counted twice. A repeated course would be one with the same module code (eg ENGL 940), although the course may have a different title.


 

How long can I take to complete a Certificate in Higher Education?

Normally you must complete 120 credits within 6 years of first submitting work for credit.


Do I have to attend all the classes?

Normally you must attend a minimum of 70% of classes for any 1 course to gain credit (even if you pass the assessment).


Are there any restrictions on which courses I can take?

If you wish to count your credit towards a university award, you need to be aware that you cannot accumulate credit by repeating the same course. The course code number – for example, ALGY 997 - identifies each discrete accredited course for which there are defined learning outcomes.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment can take many forms and will be appropriate to the subject and course that you are studying. It can include, for example, the completion of classroom activity, the preparation of a portfolio of materials and/or a written assignment. For language courses the assessment process covers reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Your course lecturer will provide information about the assessment process.


What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism includes a failure to reference sources, close paraphrasing without acknowledgement and, in the most serious cases, copying or downloading another’s work verbatim and presenting it as your own. Collusion occurs when there is unauthorised and unacknowledged collaboration. Penalties for Plagiarism and collusion vary but could result in serious mark reduction or a mark of 0%. To avoid plagiarism take good care to reference your work well and completely. Your lecturer will provide guidance, or read the University’s Guide to Referencing and developing a Bibliography at www.liv.ac.uk/library/ohecampus/referencing/referencing.htm


How do I submit work for assessment?

We encourage all students to type and submit written work electronically. Hand written assignments must be legible. In all cases, students must keep a copy of their work. Penalties can be applied for the late submission of work but if you have difficulty in meeting a deadline talk to your lecturer in confidence. We realise that Continuing Education students have many calls on their time and can (for the most part) consider sympathetically individuals with mitigating circumstances and requests for extensions.


What happens to the work I submit for assessment?

In line with University policy, your work is marked by the course lecturer, and a sample of work is often second marked by a qualified 2nd marker. Following this, all marks are approved by the appropriate University Board of Studies. Once marks are approved, your work will be returned to you with feedback and a formal mark.


What does my mark mean?

Although the way your work is assessed will vary according to subject, the marking criteria applied will always be in accordance with University standards:

  • 70 to 100: Work which provides evidence of good critical analysis and/or an original contribution with a command of data or literature which is either broad or intense.
  • 60-69: Work which is thorough, clear and shows evidence of understanding of context and the efficient and competent use of data or literature.
  • 50-59: Work in which the treatment of data or literature is basically sound but underdeveloped.
  • 40-49: Work that shows some understanding but which offers a basic treatment using a limited range of data and methodologies and arguments which contain some flaws.
  • 35-39: Work that fails by a small margin to achieve the standards required for a pass.
  • Under 35: Work that is unstructured, ill-presented, contains serious omissions/errors and which fails to demonstrate adequate knowledge, understanding or sustained argument.

Can I appeal against a mark?

If you have concerns about your assignment or marking procedure, in the first instance speak to your course lecturer. If the issue is not resolved at this stage, your lecturer will send your concern on to the academic organiser who will respond according to University guidelines.


Can I transfer to a different course if I am studying for credit?

Very occasionally students find they need to transfer to a different course. This happens most frequently in languages when the chosen study level is not the most appropriate for a student’s prior knowledge. You need to be aware that course transfers should take place within the first 3 weeks of a course. This is essential in language courses to allow for the ongoing assessment of coursework.


Does the University offer study skills support?

As a registered student of the University you can access iLearn, using your University of Liverpool login details, through the home page of the students’ Digital University at https://student.liv.ac.uk/. iLearn is for any University of Liverpool student who wants to develop their academic literacy and learning skills. It assumes no prior knowledge and you may find the resources in the subject specific areas of iLearn useful.


Are CE's online courses credit bearing?

CE offers both accredited and non-credit-bearing online courses. All students enrolled on an online course are automatically registered for credit.