What is moderation and certification for access course?

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Negieren
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So I'm planning to start an access course soon for biomedical science. And I've decided to do it in distance learning centre. As I try to set up my course I needed to plan my start date and target completion date. There's a little description that says, "For HE entry in September, you need to complete by the end of May or you will miss Moderation and Certification. For HE entry in January/February, you need to complete by the end of October for Moderation and Certification. If you want to set a target completion date earlier than one of the Moderation deadlines, you can still complete the Course, you just won't be Certificated until the next Moderation." So I just wanted to know what that means and in your experiences is it better to have a longer target completion date?
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Moderation is where a moderator sent from the exam board goes through a selection of students coursework. They double check that the grades awarded for the coursework is fair and accurate and meet the awarding body's criteria for the grades given.
If they believe the grades are unfair or inaccurate then they can increase our reduce the grades awarded but that rarely happens as tutors normally mark fairly, knowing they can lose the ability to run those courses if they don't otherwise
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Moderation is where a moderator sent from the exam board goes through a selection of students coursework. They double check that the grades awarded for the coursework is fair and accurate and meet the awarding body's criteria for the grades given.
If they believe the grades are unfair or inaccurate then they can increase our reduce the grades awarded but that rarely happens as tutors normally mark fairly, knowing they can lose the ability to run those courses if they don't otherwise
Thank you for making it more clear to me. Don't mind if I ask some more questions.. When do you think its the best time to start an access course and Should I start mine this week?
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Thank you for making it more clear to me. Don't mind if I ask some more questions.. When do you think its the best time to start an access course and Should I start mine this week?
The best time is whenever's best for you. I did it at a college so I didn't have a choice.

With regards to how long you have to complete it, as long as you set aside time for your assignments each week you'd easily complete it by the end of May. However, that being said, if you have learning difficulties then you may find it better to have longer to complete it. But it also means that you'd be waiting until September 2022 as nearly all courses at uni only offer September starts. January starts are normally reserved for medical courses such as medicine or nursing
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