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Teachers discussing final major projects

Improving final major project grades: from Pass to Merit and from Merit to Distinction

Find ways to raise student attainment and turn around poor projects.

Through presentations, discussion and reflection, you will be guided through UAL Awarding Body specifications and project frameworks, including final major projects. You will also get to see and assess real student work to provide you with an understanding of how you might improve your students’ grades back in the classroom.

Our facilitators will lead a robust discussion on grade boundaries, to provide you with a confident working knowledge of relevant specifications. The day will not be prescriptive, but about sharing good practice, evaluating current strategies and testing the usefulness of new ones.

See what previous participants thought of this event by watching our short film below.


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Learning outcomes:

  • How to improve your students’ projects, including guidance on recognising and improving Referral and Fail grades
  • Insight into grade boundaries, through analysing and discussing examples of student work
  • Understanding of what components lead to a project being awarded a Distinction grade
  • Knowledge of the assessment criteria and inspiring delivery strategies to help your students to meet them
  • Approaches for encouraging interdisciplinary and independent working in the classroom.

Really valued the sharing of project ideas, session and possibilities for course structure.

Who should attend?

This course has been developed exclusively for those delivering UAL Awarding Body Art & Design qualifications at levels 2-4. All levels of expertise and specialism are welcome.

About the facilitators

Learn about Claire and Amanda, two of our excellent facilitators.

Amanda Jenkins

Amanda Jenkins trained and practiced graphics and illustration before going into teaching. She taught at a number of schools and Sixth Form colleges and was an Edexcel A level moderator for several years before joining UAL as Foundation Pathway Leader for Communication in 2007.

Amanda has worked for UAL Awarding Body as a Senior Moderator for levels 2-4 Art & Design since its launch. In 2011 she became the first Programme Director of the new Camberwell/Chelsea/Wimbledon (CCW) Progression Centre, where she led the delivery of one of UAL Awarding Body’s largest Level 4 Foundation courses, before taking up her current post as Associate Dean at Camberwell College of Art in 2013.

Claire McCormack

Claire McCormack trained in printmaking and theatre design and was a freelance designer for 10 years, with clients including: the BBC, Talkback Productions, Avalon, The Royal Opera House, National Theatre and the English National Opera.

Since moving into education, she has taught art and design at both Foundation and undergraduate levels. Claire is currently Programme Director for the Level 4 FAD course at Camberwell, Chelsea Wimbledon; one of the biggest and diverse FAD colleges in the country.


There are currently no dates available for this course. Please email to register your interest for future dates.