SWAP Student Profiles

 <profile_example01.jpg> Your SWAP Student Profile will be produced by your class tutor in collaboration with the rest of the teaching team at the end of the academic year, based upon their observations of your performance, as well as their assessment of your potential for successful study in Higher Education.  

The profile acts as an enhanced reference from your college to your chosen university, and features three key areas which have been agreed as being relevant to the particular area of intended study.  

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NB: Completion of the Prep for HE unit is a requirement for progression to university. Although your class tutor will give you guidance, you may be required to keep up with your Prep for HE work in your own time (outwith your college timetable). You certainly will be required to show evidence of completion come June. 
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Profiles:
The features which are likely to characterise performance at each level are summarised below.
 


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Three Key Areas (Access to Life Science, STEM or Medical Studies):                                                                                                       
Grade 1.  Science subject 1 at Higher level

For Life Science/Medical Studies this will be Biology; for STEM/Engineering this will be Mathematics.

Grade 2.  Science subject 2 at Higher level
For Life Science/Medical Studies this will be Chemistry; for STEM/Engineering this will be Physics.

Grade 3.  Overall performance   
Includes attendance, punctuality, meeting deadlines, completing Prep for HE, working well with others, responding well to feedback and general attitude towards studies. 


Profile Grades:
For each of the above Key Areas, your tutors will agree a letter grade, in accordance with the outlines below:  

Grade A - Achieved the units with great ease and required little or no assistance.  Displayed a very able overall performance. Degree level study is well within the capabilities of this student. 

  ·         Assessments are of a very good to excellent standard and typically passed at the first attempt.  Other class work is submitted on time and is of a high standard and complete and accurate.

·         Student has developed excellent knowledge and understanding and can apply this in class work, assessed work and laboratory experiments.

·         Student’s numeracy and written and spoken communication is excellent.

·         Student shows excellent cognitive skills and can use factual and theoretical information in problem solving, make generalisations and predictions, draw conclusions and suggest solutions.

·         Student can easily produce and respond to detailed and complex written and oral communication and use a wide range of numerical and graphical data in routine contexts. 

·         Student can competently use ICT for coursework.

·         Student demonstrates excellent practical laboratory skills.    

Grade B - Achieved the units with relative ease and required little to moderate assistance. Displayed an able overall performance. Degree level study should be within the capabilities of this student.   

·         Assessments are of a good to very good standard.  Class work is of a good standard and shows clear understanding of most topics. 

·         Student may have been required to retake an assessment.

·         Student has developed good knowledge and understanding and can apply this in class work, assessed work and laboratory experiments.

·         Student’s numeracy and written and spoken communication is very good.

·         Student shows good cognitive skills and can use factual and theoretical information in problem solving, make generalisations and predictions, draw conclusions and suggest solutions.

·         Student can satisfactorily use ICT for course work.

·         Student can usually produce and respond to detailed and complex written and oral communication and use a range of numerical and graphical data in routine contexts.


·         Student demonstrates good practical laboratory skills.      

Grade C - Achieved the units but required considerable assistance.  Additional study may be more appropriate than degree level work at this stage.   

·         Assessed work and class work is adequate. Student may miss deadlines.

·         Student required resit of assessments following remediation.

·         Student has developed only adequate knowledge and understanding and can sometimes apply this in class work, assessed work and laboratory experiments. There are often errors present.

·         Student’s numeracy and written and spoken communication is adequate to satisfactory, but often needs correction.

·         Student shows adequate cognitive skills and can occasionally use factual and theoretical information in problem solving, make generalisations and predictions, draw conclusions and suggest solutions.

·         Student can produce and respond to written and oral communication in familiar contexts and can use an adequate range of numerical and graphical data in routine contexts.

·         Student attempts to use ICT for coursework.

·         Student demonstrates adequate practical laboratory skills.  


Key area 3 – Overall performance
For this grade, the student’s overall performance throughout the academic year is given a grade from A-C.  Attendance, timekeeping, application to study, independence, core skills (working with others, etc.) and completion of Preparation for Higher Education are all taken into consideration.





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Three Key Areas (Humanities/SocSci, Nursing & Care):                                                                       
Grade 1: Ability to handle text
This includes reading, comprehension, analysis and evaluation (i.e. cognitive skills)

Grade 2: Fluency of expression
Your ability to communicate your understanding of what you’ve learned (e.g. through written work, presentations, class discussions, etc.) Includes both written and oral communication skills.
 

Grade 3: Overall performance
Includes: punctuality, attendance, meeting deadlines, working well with others, being resilient to setbacks, offering and asking for support as required, responding productively to feedback on your work, completing Prep for HE in a timely manner, etc. 
                                   


Profile Grades: 
For each of the above Key Areas, your tutors will agree a letter grade, in accordance with the outlines below:  

Grade A:  
Very able overall performance, suggests degree level work will be well
within the capabilities of this student. 
Features which may characterise this typical performance:      
  • Clear understanding of tasks set     
  • Clear and thorough preparation/organisation in tackling tasks    
  • Focused solutions/analysis/criticism which draws upon knowledge and understanding from a range of areas     
  • Critical evaluation of approach to tasks 

Grade B:   
Able overall performance suggests degree level work should be within the capabilities of this student.
 
Features which may characterise this typical performance:     
  • Substantial understanding of tasks set     
  • Competent approach to the preparation/organisation needed to tackle tasks    
  • Acceptable solution to/adequate analysis of problems set     
  • Competent handling of material     
  • Ability to evaluate approach to task     

Grade C:   
Overall performance suggests degree level work may be within the capabilities of this student, but Higher National level work may be more appropriate.
 
Features which may characterise this typical performance:      
  • Understanding of tasks may be variable     
  • Quality of work is occasionally below standard     
  • Tasks are not always executed in most appropriate manner     
  • Key elements are not always given due importance     
  • Sometimes requires additional direction



Example:

If you'd like to see what a completed profile looks like, you can download examples here: 

Life Science, STEM, Health and Medical Studies

Humanities/Social Science, Nursing/Care


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