New Exam Arrangements for Third Level Students

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Grounded on the public health advice on March 12th, HECA Colleges have moved their teaching delivery and learner supports to nearly 23,000 students online. All face-to-face exams scheduled for exam halls during April and May have been replaced with online and remote assessment equivalents. Some colleges are moving exam-hall exams to an online format while others are replacing them with alternative assessments, also delivered online or remotely.

New Exam Arrangements: What to Expect

A wide range of online teaching, learning and assessments, with variations applied as applicable for different disciplines, are already in place across the HECA colleges. Each individual college has communicated its alternative arrangements and schedules to its students and will continue to communicate with students right through to the completion of the last exam.

Their priority during this time is to protect students, staff and colleges as well as ensuring that students are afforded the best possible supports in an online environment until they can all recalibrate into the new normal of the post COVID-19 crisis.  Their support includes academic, to study remotely, wellbeing and, where possible, support in addressing matters of health, accommodation, and employment.

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While the operations of colleges were initially challenged by the COVID-19 emergency, the HECA colleges have worked to ensure that their fundamentals of academic quality, parity of standards and student expectations are maintained during this crisis. These colleges are premised on high quality teaching, learning, assessment, and student support. To ensure the continuation of this, the contingency arrangements of each member Colleges were approved by the appropriate institutional governance authorities, including Academic Councils or Boards. This also ensures that these alternative measures are fully consistent with the rigorous Quality Assurance regime overseen by QQI, Quality & Qualifications Ireland, and guided by their recent document on COVID-19

Read their full statement online here.


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