The Language Systems and Skills Assignments
An overall grade is given for the Language Systems/Skills Assignments. Weighting is given to the teaching and the teaching grade is therefore primary. However, both the background essay and the teaching must pass in order for the candidate to achieve an overall Pass (or above) for the assignment.
If there is a one-grade difference between teaching and background essay, the teaching grade is awarded as the overall grade (provided the background essay is a Pass). So for example, a Systems Assignment with a Merit for the teaching and a Pass for the background essay would be graded as Merit.
A two-grade difference i.e. a Distinction for teaching and a Pass for the background assignment is a Merit overall.
If the teaching grade is only a Pass, then the overall grade cannot be higher than a Pass; so a Pass for teaching and a Merit or Distinction for the background essay is a Pass overall.
The Professional Development Assignment
This assignment is graded as Pass or Fail.