Students in Tears at Grading Shock; COLLEGE ASKS EXAM BOARD TO REVIEW HEALTH COURSE MARKS

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 1, 2003 | Go to article overview

Students in Tears at Grading Shock; COLLEGE ASKS EXAM BOARD TO REVIEW HEALTH COURSE MARKS


Byline: DEAN VALLER

STUDENTS at a Coventry college fear their career prospects have been damaged after an external exam board downgraded their marks.

Marks for two assignments on a health and social care qualification at Henley College were generally lower than tutors had predicted.

The coursework for the qualification, an advanced vocational certificate of education (AVCE) had previously been marked in-house at the college.

But since 2001, examiner Edexcel, under government guidelines, has marked some of the coursework.

But it rated some students' work lower than Henley College tutors had predicted.

The college is now asking Edexcel to review the grades - but if the marks are not changed, it said students would be given extra time to complete the work.

Mike Holliday, director of qualifications and curriculum, said he sympathised with the students.

He said: "We gave a mark at the end of last year, then sent the work off in November, and received it back on February 13.

"The markers said they disagreed with the marks we gave and in general they felt we have been over-generous in our marking."

Edexcel was at the centre of a national outcry over A-levels last year when it was accused of wrongly marking some papers, giving outstanding students poor grades.

Mr Holliday said the college was taking steps to ensure Edexcel was more aware of the marking structure students were working to.

dean.valler@mrn.co.uk 'Has all our hard work been for nothing? …

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