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Well, I’m already underway with Module 3. In fact, I’m kind of finished. I just need to cross-check everything against the following documents/files:
- Cambridge Delta Module 3 2017 Report – HERE
- Cambridge Delta Handbook for Tutors and Candidates – HERE
- Cambridge Delta Syllabus Specifications – HERE
The problem is, as I start looking at these documents, I see lots of contradictions in terms of what is expected for each section. Like the Module 1 exam, I can see that preparing for Module 3 by oneself has certain challenges that will make it very difficult to obtain a Distinction grade. I still think missing out on a Merit grade for Module 1 was largely due to the fact that I didn’t fully understand the response requirements for a couple of the tasks because the exam questions in themselves had seemed straightforward.
I’ve also found some already assessed Module 3 papers online, but these have only added to the contradictions. For example, one paper I found is over 80 pages long, and contains around four pages of references. The word count that I’m working to shouldn’t exceed 4,000 words.
Oh well, at least it seems I’ll be on track to be able to submit my paper by the end of this year rather than letting it spill over into next year. I have other publishing plans that I want to move forward with! I’ll aim to make further posts on Module 3, but one useful tip that I can give meanwhile is that International House Newcastle in the UK does not charge a supplementary admin fee for those submitting the Module 3 assignment as independent candidates. Thus, they only request the GBP150 Cambridge fee. Hopefully they’ll remain admin fee free into the future!
Additional tips for others embarking on Module 3 alone:
I started work on my assignment immediately after the Module 1 exam in June. It’s taken me three months of on-off work to reach a more-or-less final draft. I completed my reading and taking notes within one month, then it’s taken me two months for writing up and creating all the required parts.
To keep things as simple for yourself as possible (I could envisage Module 3 inadvertently growing exponentially in scale until it becomes too overwhelming), choose an area that has a specific a focus as possible (although it has to fit a given specialism from a Cambridge-given list). For example, “teaching exam classes” would seem a broad field to cover. But if you had a class, of say, visually impaired learners, that would quickly narrow down where you could take your work, and make things more manageable for you.