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End-of-programme exam entry and recording of grades

Examinations Policy (End of course exam entry and recording of grades / scores received)

All academic year students are required to complete a Final Exam at the end of their course. Examinations schedules are announced on the notice boards several weeks prior to the start of exams. Students are advised to check notice boards regularly in order to be kept informed about all on-going activities during examination periods. Individual timetables of examinations will also be provided to students.

All students must pay for the registration fee and/or the examination fees applicable Four Court College is obliged to register all full-time students for the end of course exams.

It is in the interest and to the betterment of students that they should comply with the examination rules and regulations.

Prior to the start of the course, students must sign a declaration stating that they understand that the exam is mandatory and undertake to sit the exam while abiding by the rules and regulations of the examination.

This declaration will also be signed by a Four Court College representative stating that the college is committed to register the student for the end-of-course exams and understands that the exams are mandatory.

Student’s declaration –”I understand that the end-of-course exam is mandatory and I will sit my course examinations whenever they are scheduled, otherwise I may be expelled or other sanctions may be taken against me as deemed necessary by the college (Study Visa Rule)” AND “I understand that if I have been expelled OR left from Four Court College, I will not be permitted to sit the final exam/end course exam and will not be entitled to a refund for exam fees also.”

All candidates should turn up at least 30 minutes before an examination. Failure to attend any examination must be backed up by valid reasons and certified notes where applicable. A student must pay for an additional registration and examination fee to sit the examination at a later date.

There is also an additional re-sit fee required. All students should be aware that adjustments may be available to students with special needs to provide equal opportunities and are under no conditions given preferential treatment.

Unauthorized material will not be allowed in the examination room though the College will not be responsible for any loss or damage of personal belongings. Use of all personal electronic devices and mobile phone is forbidden in the examination room. The invigilator will report all incidents of suspicion including cheating, copying, falsifying coursework and other malpractice. Students causing disturbance during an examination will be sanctioned.

Examination scripts must not be taken out of the examination room by students even after the examination session. All coursework must be handed over to the invigilator upon completion.

Students need to also sign a declaration certifying their respective examination sheets as their own.

Any student feeling ill or faint during an examination should immediately inform the invigilator. In case of any kind of emergency during an examination, students are requested to remain seated and wait in silence until instructions are given by the examination officer.

Students are expected to follow all guidelines as directed.

Rules to Prevent Exam Cheating and Other Forms of Exam Malpractice:

  • Learners must carefully note the date, time and location for all examinations.
  • All candidates should turn up at least 30 minutes before an examination begins.
  • Learners will not be admitted to the exam room after the exam has commenced.
  • Failure to attend any examination must be backed up by valid reasons and certified notes where applicable. A student must pay for an additional registration and/or examination fee and sit the examination at a later date. Failure to sit an exam will result in the student not getting their certificate of completion.
  • Students should be aware that arrangements may be made available to students with special needs so as to provide equal opportunities and such students who request such arrangements are under no circumstances being given preferential treatment.
  • Unauthorized material will not be allowed in the examination room, though the students are reminded that the college will not be responsible for any loss or damage of personal belongings.
  • Use of all personal electronic devices and mobile phone is forbidden in the examination room. The invigilator will report all incidents of suspicion including cheating, copying, falsifying coursework and other forms of malpractice. Students causing disturbance during an examination will also be sanctioned.
  • During the exam, learners must not communicate with or attempt to communicate with any other candidate.
  • Examination scripts must not be taken out of the examination room by students even after the examination session has ended. All coursework must be handed over to the invigilator upon completion.
  • Students need to also sign a declaration certifying that their respective completed examination is their own work.
  • Any student who feels faint or ill during an examination should immediately inform the invigilator.
  • In case of any kind of an emergency during an examination, students are requested to remain seated and wait in silence until instructions are given by the examination officer. Students are expected to follow all guidelines as directed.

Name of responsible staff member: Academic Manager/ADOS, No: +353 (046) 9070180
Email: [email protected]

Assessment Policy

Formal and informal assessments are carried put I the class. All assessments are supervised by the teacher/Dos/ADos. They are designed to challenge the students in the positive way. Students at Four Court College are assessed on a continuous basis by means of weekly 'key sentence' tests/mid-way progress tests (week 6) and an end of course level test (week 12).

Upon completion of the 25 week programme students sit an end of term/final examination. Should a student feel that his/her test results are not an accurate reflection of his/her performance, the student should first talk to the teacher, who will provide specific feedback and also liaise with the DoS/ADoS and discuss the case. The student will be invited to meet with the DoS/ADoS, to clarify any questions. Should the student still feel unsatisfied, s/he may file a grade appeal.

The test will then be reviewed by at least 2 (two) teachers and the results of such review be submitted to the DoS/ADoS, with their recommendation. Internal verification, as described above, is an important step in ensuring excellence in teaching and inter and intra level coordination and synchronization.

Assessment Malpractice

Malpractice consists of acts, which undermine the integrity and validity of assessment, the certification of qualifications, and/or damage the authority of those responsible for conducting the assessment and certification. The procedures for handling malpractice can be found in the College.

  • Examples of assessment malpractice activities include:
  • Learner plagiarism.
  • Impersonation of another learner.
  • Fabrication of evidence.
  • Alteration of results.
  • Wrongly obtaining secure assessment materials e.g. examinations.
  • Behaving in a way such as to undermine the integrity of the assessment process.

All allegations of malpractice will be investigated and results recorded.

Procedure for dealing with assessment malpractice

  • If a Tutor/Lecture suspects that a malpractice has occurred, they should inform the learner of their concern.
  • The Centre Director should also be informed. The work should be returned to the learner.
  • The learner, if they so wish, can have their work reviewed by another member of the academic team.
  • If plagiarism is confirmed, it will be recorded on the student’s file.

Penalties for breaches of assessment regulations

Any breach of Four Court College Assessment Regulations or attempted breach, by any learner or on behalf of any other learner will be treated as an offense.

A breach of assessment regulations shall be deemed to have occurred when there has been an actual or attempted form of:

  • Cheating
  • Copying
  • Plagiarism
  • Misrepresentation
  • Bribery
  • Falsification
  • Personating or other such form of deception
  • Untrue claims of ownership of assignments carried out by the learner

Penalties

Penalties imposed for breach of assessment regulations may constitute any or all of the following:

  • No credit in the assessment or part of the assessment in which the offence was committed.
  • No credit for the module in which the offence was committed.
  • No credit for all of the modules for a particular year of the course being followed.
  • Ineligible for an award during the year of the breach.
  • Suspension of the candidate, from all college activities, for a fixed period of time.

A recommendation to the Centre Director for the formal expulsion of the candidate from the college.

Learners will be notified in writing when a suspected breach of assessment regulations is being investigated.

Academic Warnings

Students are subject to academic warnings in cases where their academic performance record is unsatisfactory. Such students are notified through a written note and are advised to take serious action to improve their grades. Four Court College has a students’ support service that may help weak students to improve and catch up on their performance. Those who are interested may contact the reception for procedures.

Appeals Procedure

Learners wishing to appeal results should contact the Director of Studies directly within 14 days of receiving results. The appeal will be addressed by the results approval panel who will
recommend appropriate action.

Following assessment grades and feedback being issued to students tutors will be available to discuss these with students who wish to query their assessment outcome or who require assistance with understanding their assessment outcome. Where a student is dissatisfied with the application of the assessment process in relation to their work the following appeals procedure applies.

Students may appeal to the College for their work to be re-checked and/or reviewed. Please note that any request for an appeal must be made in writing and signed in order for it to be given consideration.

RE-CHECK means the administrative operation of checking the recording and the addition of marks REVIEW means the re-consideration in detail of all or part of the existing assignment and examination material where feasible by an internal tutor and/or the External Authenticator.

Name of responsible staff member: DOS/ADOS No: +353 (046) 9070180 Email: [email protected]

STUDENT LINKS

MODE OF STUDY

  • Morning Classes – Monday to Friday (9:15am to 12:30pm) 15 hours (Full-Time / 25weeks) (subject to change)
  • Afternoon Classes – Monday to Friday (1:45pm to 5pm) 15 hours (Full-Time / 25weeks) (subject to change)
  • Evening Classes – (Part-Time) – To be Confirmed

Please Note:

  • Classes will be scheduled Tuesday to Friday at the same time should Monday be a bank holiday.
  • Four Court College has facilitated students with a leeway of 15 Minutes in exceptional cases with valid reasons. Students who make it a habit to arrive late will be marked absent.
  • As per the student handbook and Study Visa regulations you are required to attend a minimum of 85% (all the time) of your course or/and classes.
  • The timing is subject to availability on a first-come-first-serve basis. For any change (if required) and/or query, please contact the College.
  • All students must take responsibility for Signing an Attendance Register at Reception Daily (A register of attendance is kept for official school records, visa purposes etc). Absenteeism & Expulsion Policy/Procedures
  • Every full-time student MUST consult administration regarding Holidays. By Enrolling with us each student has agreed to follow the College Time-Table (33 weeks cycle) and must follow its structure.
  • If student has been expelled there is no fee refund.

STUDY MODES

  • On-campus
  • Independent study
  • Supervised learning
  • Technology assisted learning
  • Clinics
  • Study groups
  • Special interest groups
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Clubs
  • Educational trips/field-trips (Compulsory to Attend)
  • Cultural, sports and social programmes
  • Conversational sessions
  • Additional exam preparatory sessions (optional)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 years of age (or above)
  • There is no entry requirement. New students will be interviewed on arrival at College and will be asked to take an online placement test in order to join classes that correspond to their current level and knowledge of English

BOOKS

The academic team selected the following (per level/course offered);

  • A1 – “English Result – Elementary”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • A2 – “English Result – Pre-Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • B1 – “English Result – Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • B2 – “English Result – Upper-Intermediate”
    by Mark Hancock and Annie McDonald. Oxford University Press
  • C1 – “New Headway – Advanced”
    by Liz and John Soars. Oxford University Press

Students can buy the books from International Books Shop.
Each book costs €40-€45 approximately (depending on levels – Subject to change).

Please note: All students MUST have a hard copy of the relevant course book (No electronic resources) and the appropriate materials from the first day of class. If you change your level during the course, you will have to buy another book for the appropriate level. Should the course book be changed, students are also responsible for buying the new book. Students who fail to meet these requirements will receive two warnings to rectify this matter: 1st Verbal Warning: Student will be reminded to ensure that they have the required materials for class on the following day. 2nd and Final Written Warning: The student will be told that failure to produce the necessary materials for the next class will result in them not being allowed to attend the class until they have done so. The student will not receive attendance for this day and coming days until they fulfil the requirements. Absences will result in students being expelled as per the Absenteeism & Expulsion Policy/Procedures.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Many English-speaking universities accept this qualification as evidence of language proficiency for entry into their courses. Four Court College strongly recommends you to take an additional Exam preparatory course.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CEFR IS?

Have you heard of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1..?

How good are you at writing English?

How wide is your vocabulary range?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is a European system used to describe language ability on a scale from Beginners up to those who have mastered the language. It makes it easy for anyone to define and measure language ability. It also enables employers and educational institutions to easily compare qualifications and see how they relate to exams that they already know in their own country.

For you, the learner of English, it is a really valuable tool to help you self-assess your own language ability and to notice your own progress. Among other things, the framework describes grammatical accuracy, vocabulary range, reading, writing and listening skills and ability to express meaning.

The great thing is that the framework is translated into most European Languages, so you can study it in your own language in order to help you think about where you should be placed in terms of your English language skills.

You can go the the Council of Europe English Language Portfolio to see official translations of the CEFR Global Scale

Bulgarian Catalan
Czech Danish
English Esperanto
Finnish French
German Greek
Hungarian Italian

The History of the CEFR

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated as CEFR or CEF, was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

CEFR: Common European Reference Framework for LanguagesBasic language use
A1 A2
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Independent language use
B1 B2
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Proficiency
C1 C2
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

In Four Court College the classes are structured on the CEFR:

Elementary (CEFR level A1-A2)

Pre-Intermediate (CEFR level A2-B1)

Intermediate (CEFR level B1-B2)

Upper Intermediate (CEFR level B2-C1)

Advanced (CEFR Level C1)