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Level 3
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Qualification Grading Type


Grade Descriptors

  • GD2-Application of knowledge
  • GD3-Application of skills
  • GD4-Use of information
  • GD6-Autonomy/Independence
  • GD7-Quality

Unit Learning Outcomes


Be able to plan a practical investigation project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1
    Identify and agree a practical investigation project, located within a knowledge domain relevant to the named Diploma.
  • 1.2
    Produce a hypothesis and clear aims for the investigation project.
  • 1.3
    Identify any ethical, practical or safety issues and how these will be managed/overcome.
  • 1.4
    Produce a risk assessment.
  • 1.5
    Maintain a record of project progress through
    all stages of research, development and completion.


Be able to undertake a practical investigation.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1
    Carry out research from a wide range of sources.
  • 2.2
    Develop an appropriate investigation.
  • 2.3
    Identify the variables and explain how they can be controlled, where necessary.
  • 2.4
    Carry out the investigation safely, using appropriate practical skills and techniques.
  • 2.5
    Analyse the results of the investigation with reference to relevant theory.


Know how to present the project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Present the body of work in a style appropriate to the knowledge domain with clear conclusions.

  • 3.2
    Use appropriate technical terminology fluently.
  • 3.3
    Reference all findings using a recommended style of referencing.


Be able to evaluate own research project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1
    Reflect on the design and methodology of the project.
  • 4.2
    Evaluate the body of work in relation to aims and hypothesis.
  • 4.3
    Identify recommendations for the future.