ICA has an Assessment Framework that sets out the principles, practices and conducts of assessment, and outlines the processes we go through when making assessment decisions.
This document illustrates the ICA assessment framework and should be read in conjunction with the other ICA policies and information provided below.
The meeting of an Assessment Board is an important occasion where the final marks and grades are confirmed and how ICA verifies that academic standards are appropriate in the relevant subject.
This document details the principles that govern how Assessment Boards must be ran.
During your studies, you may suffer from an illness or misfortune that adversely affects your ability to complete an assessment or that impacts on your results. If this is the case, you might be able to request mitigation.
ICA defines mitigating circumstances as unforeseeable or unpreventable circumstances that could have, or did have, a significant adverse effect on the academic performance of a learner.
If you require further information or wish to apply to have a mitigation circumstance considered, please see the Mitigating Circumstances Policy below for further information.
External Examiners play a vital role in the maintenance of academic standards and in ensuring rigorous but fair assessment of candidates.
This guidance will provide generic information on the role of External Examiners at ICA and outlines the activities in which External Examiners are likely to be involved.
ICA regards plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice, such as collusion and fabrication or falsification of results, as serious academic offences.
All students have a responsibility to be aware of the policy and procedures, to understand the seriousness of academic malpractice and to take every reasonable step to ensure that academic malpractice does not occur.
If you wish to make a formal appeal, you may do so in respect of the final decision of an Assessment Board. This must be done within 20 working days of the receipt of final grades for a qualification, and on grounds alleging one or more of the following:
1. That there exists, or existed, circumstances affecting the learner’s performance of which, for good reason, the Assessment Board may not have been made aware when the decision was taken, and which might have had a material effect on the decision.
2. That there had been a material administrative error or procedural irregularity in the assessment process or in putting into effect the regulations for the programme of study of such a nature as to cause significant doubt as to whether the decision might have been different if the error or irregularity had not occurred.
3. That there is evidence of prejudice or bias or lack of proper assessment on the part of one or more of the examiners.
Should you wish to make an appeal it is important that you read the full ICA appeals policy below.
ICA is committed to ensuring that all training does not discriminate against learners with a disability, and assessments are a fair test of an individual's knowledge and proficiency. If someone has a disability or learning difficulty, the usual format of training delivery or assessments may not be suitable and in certain circumstances adjustments may need to be made for them. This approach is intended to allow an individual to show their ability and knowledge without being disadvantaged by the training delivery method or the assessment format itself.
Please read the reasonable adjustments policy below.