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Level 3
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Qualification Grading Type


Grade Descriptors

  • GD1-Understanding the subject
  • GD2-Application of knowledge
  • GD3-Application of skills
  • GD4-Use of information
  • GD7-Quality

Unit Learning Outcomes


Understand research methods and their uses.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Evaluate the use of different research methods for a specific research purpose.


Be able to plan a research project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Establish research aims related to the research topic.

  • 2.2

    Produce a detailed research proposal with specific timescales and milestones for completion of the research.

    It should be noted that where learners are conducting primary research, their suggested research project should be scrutinised prior to commencement to check that ethical considerations have taken place. In addition, agreement from the interviewees must be obtained to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations, 2018.

  • 2.3

    Justify its relevance for the subject area.


Be able to carry out a research project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Carry out research that adheres to:
    a) the research proposal

    b) ethical guidelines

    c) agreed timescales.


Be able to produce a report on research using a standard format.

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Report on research using a standard format.

  • 4.2

    Evaluate findings in relation to the research aims.

  • 4.3

    Use an accepted method of referencing source material.


Be able to evaluate a research project.

Assessment Criteria

  • 5.1

    Evaluate a research proposal and its procedures.

  • 5.2

    Evaluate methods used to research the subject area.