You'll be regularly assessed, both informally and formally, throughout your time at HYMS. You will also receive regular feedback from your tutors and from each other. Assessment and feedback are key parts of the learning process – they help you and your tutors to be clear about what you have mastered, what you have still to learn and which skills you need more practice with. Regular assessment and feedback will also help you to identify and remedy for yourself any gaps in your understanding.
We give you two types of assessment and feedback:
Direct feedback is particularly important in clinical practice. Throughout the course, we will observe your interactions with patients and surrogates, then provide you with immediate feedback and correction where necessary.
In Phase I:
In Phases II and III:
We give summative exam results to every student individually. This includes your grade, the mark which underlies your grade, and the grade boundaries.
After a clinical exam, you'll be given a copy of your mark sheet for each patient encounter (with examiner comments, both positive and negative) as soon as the exam process has been completed.
When Year 5 students apply for Foundation year placements, their applications are assessed using an 'educational performance measure' which essentially ranks students in order, reflecting their position in relation to other students in their year. At HYMS, we use your scores from the Year 4 exams to calculate your ranking. These scores encompass all our curriculum themes, and include knowledge and skills from all previous years of the course.