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Getting Assessed - The Open College of the Arts | Distance Learning Degrees and Courses
To find out more details about the transfer to The Open University see A New Chapter for OCA.

Getting Assessed

When you've completed your Open course, you submit a portfolio of your work through the virtual learning platform, OCA Learn. Assessment events are held three times each year, in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Each student portfolio is reviewed by two internal assessors who agree the marks allocated between them. A sample of submissions are also subject to subsequent review by the external examiner(s), formally appointed by OCA’s awarding institution.

OCA assessors are selected from the ranks of experienced tutors who have knowledge not only of OCA modules and teaching/learning processes, but also of assessment processes more widely in an HE context.

You will receive a percentage mark and feedback to help you with your next Open course. The marks given for courses at levels 1 help you understand where you are. Degree classifications after August 2023 will be determined on the basis of marks awarded at Stages 2 (HE5) and 3 (HE6) of OCA degrees.

What's next?

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