How do the TMAs for UO students count towards final degree classification?
I'm considering enrolling for the Law degree (W200, W201, W300, W301) which seem to be 6-8 TMAs and an exam.
Will the TMAs count towards the grade or are they just a way of assessing your own strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the exams?
Furthermore, I'm sure the first few TMAs I submit will not be as high a standard as those later on down the line when I have become more accustomed to studying by distance learning, so I assume that the level 1 courses carry less weight towards the final degree to give me time to adjust to studying alongside working.
It explains it better than I ever could but one key point to take away is that your level 1 results make no contribution to your final degree classification.
As for individual courses, most tend to follow this pattern:
Your marks for the year are split up into two scores, your overall continuous assessment score (OCAS), an average of all your TMAs scores through the year, and your overall examinable score (OES), which can come from either an exam or a year-long project depending on the course. The grading system has the following thresholds:
Distinction = 85% and higher
Grade 2 = 70% to 84%
Grade 3 = 55% to 69%
Grade 4 = 40% to 54%
Fail = 39% or lower.
And typically, to be assigned a certain grade you need to get above the threshold in both your OCAS and OES. To illustrate. In one of the first courses I took, I got an OCAS of 78% and an OES of 64%. Now if you average them you get 71% and I initially thought I would be getting a Grade 2, yet because my OES hadn't met the required threshold, I was given a Grade 3.
There does appear to be some wiggle room in the above rule though as in a later year I got an OCAS of 85% and an OES of 65%, yet was awarded a Grade 2 even though I missed the threshold by 5% on the OES.
EDIT - Sorry for repeating some of the earlier advice, I type rather slowly
Sometimes there is a "Final TMA" which carries more weight than the others. At least there is on M150. There's an "assessment calculator" which calculates your predicted score which you can access when you've started. Which is kinda funky.
I am currently studying with the Open University, and I know this post is five years after this thread last saw any activity, but I'd like to clarify that the percentage of your grade requires completely on the type of course you are studying.
I require 40% on my OCAS (TMA essays) and then 40% for my OES (Exam) on one module, but on another I need 30% OCAS and 50% OES.
To forward Niel.A.H's point...
I am studying BA(Hons) Humanities: Literature and Classics, and in my first module I am averaging 88.85% on my OCAS, which would be a first class honours if it were in year 2 or 3. For my OES, I am predicted a score of 75% (my results are still pending). Even so, with pass marks of 88.85% and 75%, my degree is still only classified as a Pass, not a Distinction, meaning that you must achieve above 85% on both areas, not just overall or in one area, in order to obtain a first class degree.