Some units will change from assignment to exam in 2020

As part of our commitment to offer ever-better products and services we shall be changing some units from assignment to exam in 2020.

This is following a review of our Business Management portfolio which has been operational since 2018.  An outcome of the review was that the blend of exams and assignment assessments is very popular, but the overall balance - 70% assignment versus 30% exams - was felt to be too heavily assignment-based and certain units, currently assessed by assignment, may feel more accessible if they were assessed by exam.

With this in mind, our academic team have undertaken a detailed evaluation of all assignment units, looking at content and learning outcomes, to identify those where we could provide excellent and robust assessments in an exam format.  As a result, the units listed below, currently assessed by assignment, will switch to an exam assessment in 2020.  

This will provide a more even mix of exams and assignments whilst being led by academic input into assessment best practice.

Units switching from assignment to exam in 2020

  • 4UDCT - Dynamic and Collaborative Teams
  • 4UPHR - Principles of HR
  • 4UPMP - Principles of Marketing Practice
  • 5UHRM - Human Resource Management
  • 5UHRP - The HR Professional
  • 5UIMC - Integrated Marketing Communications
  • 5USSM - Societal and Social Marketing
  • 5UADM - Analytical Decision Making
  • 6UCF - Corporate Finance
  • 6UDMS - Digital Marketing Strategy
  • 6USM - Strategic Marketing
  • 6UAPM - Advanced Project Management

For a full overview of each qualification's units and assessment methods, please download our unit by unit assessment method guide in 2020: PDF icon Qualification and unit assessment list.pdf

For learners and tutors

The syllabus and learning outcomes of the units are completely unchanged so it should not affect learning or teaching.  

The only thing to be aware of is that December 2019 will be the last opportunity to take these units as an assignment so any retakes would be as an exam in the June 2020 sitting.

Sample exam papers will be made available in the portal after the December 2019 assessment session.