A comparison of two curricula from English education system

Essay by vards1University, Master'sA, April 2004

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Module 5: Curriculum, Evaluation and Evaluation

Part 1

Student no. 03084478

Course content and assessment

This essay will concentrate on the full time Access to Science and Humanities course run by Abingdon and Witney College at the Witney campus. Included are lesson plans and scheme of work for the Psychology unit of the course, specifically the Abnormal Psychology unit. The Access course is aimed at those wanting to enter higher education but who have no relevant qualifications to do so. The abnormal psychology unit is part of the overall psychology section of the course which takes up 3 hours per week of the 17.5 hours the students attend in academic studies per week. Students must take three subjects from one of the three sections listed in figure 1.

Figure 1: Course unit outline.

Science Social Science Humanities






Psychology Psychology



Biology or English or History History



Psychology or Sociology or Biology

Students choose one section which is the most relevant to the courses they wish to apply for at university.

The course itself is run for one year (2 years part-time) and on average enrols 34 students on the full time course, with an equal spilt between the all three sections with obvious crossovers across shared units.

The access course was written in house but is external accredited each year by OxCON (Oxfordshire Open College Network) and is recognised by the majority of universities as an admission standard to undergraduate courses. The course however is due for major restructuring with preliminary structure for the new course outline offering students' a greater opportunity for choice.

Assessment of the access course is conducted through members of the assessment board. The assessment board consists of the course tutors, the teaching team and OxCON moderator. Students...