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Diploma - Assignment Information and Regulations
The new-style Diploma Examinations comprise the following coursework:
Section A: One Identity Report
Section B: One Interpretation essay, one Forecasting essay
Section C: Two Specialized Study essays from a choice of four
Section D: One Consultation & Self-Supervision Report
To be eligible to begin the LSA Diploma Examinations, applicants must fulfil one of the following criteria:
1. They must have passed both LSA Certificate examinations (or a comparable course of study).
2. They must have completed Diploma class studies at the LSA (or another comparable school).
3. They must currently be working towards completing Diploma class studies with the LSA (or comparable school) and have finished the Diploma course by the time they submit their final Diploma assignment essay.
The new-style Diploma assignments are a series of essays and reports undertaken at home in your own time. You should apply to begin the Diploma assignment using the form enclosed. Once the application has been processed, you will be given a Student Exam Number and receipt, appointed an LSA tutor (who will be available to answer your questions) and provided with a list of recommended reading for assignments. Please note the date the application is processed will mark the beginning of a period in which you have two years (twenty-four months) to complete the six assignments.
Essays (or the Report) may be handed in at any time and in any order. When making submissions, please send two typed copies of each essay/report to the Examinations Secretary, and place your Student Exam Number on all pages submitted. Please do not place your name on any work submitted. Please include a word count at the end of each assignment. Copies of assignments will not be returned to you, except for any tapes and notes submitted with the Report. We suggest that, where possible, you submit one essay every 3-4 months to remain on course to meet the final submission deadline.
You will be given an address to post all submissions and forms to the Examinations Secretary.
Marking the Assignments
Each of your essays, as well as the Report, will be marked by two examiners. The examiners will not know your identity. You will be notified of the result for each essay within 6 to 8 weeks of submission. Essays that have not reached the pass mark will be accompanied by feedback from examiners (see below).
Each essay/report carries equal weight. Grades (for each essay/report) are as following:
Kindly note that all results are final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Gaining the Diploma
The LSA Diploma will be awarded to those students who have completed and passed all of the assignments. The Diploma will list the specialist areas from Section C that have been chosen by you. Upon passing all the assignments, students will be required to sign a Code of Ethics. If you would like to see a copy of this Code, please contact the office.
Failing an Individual Essay/Report
If an assignment is failed by an examiner, you will receive feedback (including comments and suggestions for a re-sit) written by the head examiner. You have the choice to re-submit the essay or (where possible) may choose a different essay option from your original assignment list. Either way, a new fee for that assignment is required and essays must still be submitted within two years of the original application. If by the end of the two-year deadline you have not successfully completed all assignments, you may apply for an extension, submitting your reasons in writing. Time extensions will be given at the discretion of the LSA.
Each essay submission (or re-take) has a one-off non-refundable fee of £45*. The fee for all six assignments (currently £270) is required upon registration and should be sent with your initial application. This is non-refundable. Please make cheques payable to London School of Astrology Ltd. and send to the Examinations Secretary (the address is listed above), or call the office with credit card details.
* Students who have not studied at the LSA should contact the office for details of the current fees for external applicants. External fees currently stand at £60 per assignment (2010-11).
If you need any further information or if any aspect of the examinations procedure is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact Frank Clifford at the LSA office on 0700 2 33 44 55 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
i) The LSA reserves the right to amend these regulations at any time.
ii) Extensions of time periods given in this paper will be at the sole discretion of the LSA.
2013–14 Assignment Questions
Please email the LSA office to receive a copy of the current year's Diploma Assignments.