The graded examinations in Vlogging are assessed via an online coursework submission. The assessment is divided into the following sections:
Part A: Coursework submission (90%)
Utilising technical and presentation skills to create a piece of practical work. This work is uploaded directly to examiners for marking through a secure portal.
Part B: Evaluation and Questioning (10%)
Evaluating what you have submitted by responding to set questions. These responses should be saved digitally and can be written, recorded audio, or recorded video and uploaded with the coursework response.
All assessment of these qualifications is external and is undertaken by RSL Examiners
|Weighting||Assessment Criteria (appropriate to the grade)|
|1. Create a Media Production using techniques, skills and knowledge appropriate to the level.||90%||Demonstrate an understanding of:
a) Producing a media product using:
- Media production equipment
- Media production techniques
- Industry standard formats & protocols
b) Conceptualising and developing new content
c) Using appropriate communication techniques
|2. Critically evaluate a media production.||10%||Reflect on the media production, identifying techniques used, areas of strength, and areas to improve.|
The Coursework Task combines:
Candidates are to create a five-part vlog series within a genre of their own choosing. Candidates can choose which running order the vlogs play in. The vlogs should share similar visual branding (e.g. fonts, artwork, logo).
Two of the vlogs must be streamed live and feature live interactions with family, friends, fans or followers.
At least one vlog must contain an interview or feature additional characters (depending on the nature of the vlog).
Each vlog should last approximately 5 minutes. Each vlog can be filmed in a studio setting or on location. The series should demonstrate consideration to story, plot and content or character development, as appropriate.
The videos should be colour corrected, and contain establishing shots, text, emojis, imagery and transitions, where appropriate.
The videos should include a selection of the following filming elements: Rule of thirds, Framing, Repetition, Leading lines, Symmetry, Patterns, Triangles and diagonals techniques, Alternative viewpoints.
The videos should feature a selection of the following shots: Long, medium and close-up shots, Cut-ins / cutaways, Low angle, Tilt, Bird’s-eye, POV, Reverse shots .
There should be at least one use of the following:
Use of two cameras / mobile devices to provide two different camera angles
‘Video within video’ at a pertinent point
Time-lapse and slo-mo
These videos must be live streamed to a social media channel of your choice (i.e. YouTube) and aim to promote live interaction with family, friends, fans or followers. You should aim to answer three to five questions from online attendees. This live video should include a branded intro and outro, titles, transitions and feature pre-prepared ‘VT’ video or images.
The pre-recorded vlogs are to be exported as MP4 files at 1080p resolution. Candidates will supply online links to the live-streamed videos.
Candidates will answer the following questions regarding the coursework task.
What were the important skills you used to create your vlogs?
How did you ensure the vlogs were produced with a professional approach?
How did you choose the subject for your vlog series?
What creative devices did you use to connect your vlogs?
Answers can be written or audio/video recordings of the candidate answering the questions. The total word count of all of the responses together should be a maximum of 700 words or 8 minutes of audio/video.
Bands of Attainment / Mark Range
|Attainment Band||Distinction||Merit||Pass||Below Pass 1||Below Pass 2|
|Producing a Media Product||Consistently excellent use of media production techniques appropriate to the grade||Mostly good use of media production techniques appropriate to the grade||Some good media production techniques used appropriate to the grade||Rarely using appropriate media production techniques appropriate to the grade||No attempt and/or incomplete|
|Conceptualising and Developing New Content||Excellent new content created for the entire work, with a response developed to the stimulus||Mostly good new content created for the majority of the work, with a response developed to the stimulus||Some new content created for the work, with a response developed to the stimulus some of the time||Some elements of new content created for the work, with a response partially developed to the stimulus||No attempt and/or incomplete|
|Using Appropriate Communication Techniques||Ideas are communicated consistently well with techniques appropriate to the grade||Ideas are communicated most of the time with techniques mostly appropriate to the grade||Ideas are communicated some of the time with techniques sometimes appropriate to the grade||Ideas are rarely communicated well with few techniques appropriate to the grade||No attempt and/or incomplete|
Bands of Attainment / Mark Range
|Attainment Band||Distinction||Merit||Pass||Below Pass 1||Below Pass 2|
|Reflection on the media production||All questions are responded to with answers consistently appropriate to the grade||Mainly questions are responded to with answers mostly appropriate to the grade||Some questions are responded to with answers sometimes appropriate to the grade||Very few questions are responded to with answers that are rarely appropriate to the grade||No attempt and/or incomplete|
|Grades 1-3||Grades 4-5||Grades 6-8|
|Technical & Video Quality||The video imagery should be steady, in focus any sound clearly audible. The candidate should demonstrate good eye line and appropriate headroom. At Grade 3 a basic understanding of lighting should be evident, either natural or otherwise.||The video imagery should be steady, in focus any sound clearly audible. The candidate should demonstrate good eye line and appropriate headroom. A solid understanding of camera and filming techniques should be visible, with consideration given to setting and location. A solid understanding of lighting should be evident. A solid understanding of video and editing ability and presentation techniques should be evident.||Good filming, lighting, presenting and editing skills consistent throughout the Vlogs. Good choice of studio setting and/or locations evident. Confident delivery and execution of Live Vlogging, complete with live VT, images and transitions. Good understanding of story, plot, content and (if appropriate) character development.|
|Coursework Task||A basic understanding of how to start a Vlog & how to commence your first broadcast.||A good understanding of the principles of branding in relation to vlogging. A high level of presenting and storytelling skills together with clear mixing of all elements||An excellent sense of storytelling structure and plot development. Very competent presenting, narrating and interviewing techniques. Excellent production using appropriate visual and sonic branding elements, mixing and production techniques|
|Communication||The presenter shows a basic understanding of story, where the candidate demonstrates a structural outline with their vlog. Some thought to voice control, with the basics of breathing, phrasing & expression well managed. Any interviews should reflect the ability to maintain an interesting conversation with the interviewee.||A high level of communication skills are demonstrated by the presenter, and these are used effectively throughout the presented vlog. Interaction with any interviewees is well managed and ensures a good level of demonstrable personality and audience interest.||Excellent communication skills are demonstrated by the presenter, and these are used effectively and convincingly throughout the presented vlog. Interaction with any interviewees is very strong, and ensures a high level of demonstrable personality and audience interest.|
Aims and Broad Objectives
The aim of the Vlogging qualifications is to provide a flexible, progressive mastery approach to the knowledge, skills and understanding required for vlogging.
RSL’s graded qualifications motivate and encourage candidates of all ages and levels, enabling candidates to develop and enhance skills, knowledge and understanding in a safe and consistent way. The qualifications are beneficial for candidates wishing to progress at their own pace through smaller steps of achievement.
These qualifications are suitable for candidates from beginner to advanced level from age 7 – 11, 11 – 14, 14 – 16, 16 – 18 and 19+ age groups.
Graded qualifications provide a flexible progression route for candidates. They are a positive means of determining progress and enable candidates to learn the necessary techniques to gain entry to FE and HE courses. Graded qualifications operate according to our well-established pedagogy. They allow candidates to be tested in discrete stages in the development of a wide range of skills and understanding. They tend to be more rigorous than other types of exams and for that reason industry is confident that achievement at the highest level gained by candidates of graded qualifications will have the skills necessary to work in other areas of the business.
A graded qualification consists of a range of both practical and knowledge based tasks which are based on detailed requirements outlined in the relevant syllabus. Therefore, requirements for each grade will be set out in detail in the Unit Specifications, and the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit will require knowledge, skills and understanding of these syllabus requirements to be demonstrated at the grade entered.
There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, candidates should be aware that the content at the higher grades will require a level of knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.
Expectations of Knowledge, Skills and Understanding
The graded examination system is one based on our principle of ‘progressive mastery’.
At each grade, learners will complete a practical task which demonstrates their knowledge, skills and understanding of vlogging appropriate to the grade. Through engagement with the syllabus content, learners will develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills which will support their understanding of the technical and creative process of vlogging. The knowledge, skills and understanding gradually increase in complexity and depth throughout each grade, providing the learner with a firm platform for ongoing technical and creative development.
Access and Registration
The qualifications will:
- be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards
- be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
- offer equal opportunities for all wishing to access
At the point of application, RSL will ensure that all candidates are fully informed about the requirements and demands of the qualification.