Marking criteria for the assignments can be downloaded here  



Referencing - As a learner on this Level 3 OCN course it is important that you identify, in your assignments, when you are using the words or ideas of an author. Please click here for guidelines on how to do this in your assignments!


All written assignments need to follow the word allowance guidelines: 

Written accounts and handouts: 500 words - (max 600 words, min 400 words).

Essays: 1000 words (1100 words max, 900 words min) to include at least 2 references. Please remember to use the referencing guide to ensure that you use the correct format for this.

Any assignments submitted that do not meet this criteria will be returned.

 Unit 1

 To prove your competence, you will need to:
1.1 Demonstrate and explain the 3 major handwork patterns.
The practical aspect of this unit will be assessed at your last session.
1.2 Demonstrate and explain the 5 footwork patterns
The practical aspect of this unit will be assessed at your last session.

For 1.1 & 1.2 combined:
You are required to produce a written handout for learners.
This handout should explain (not describe) the 3 major handwork and 5 major footwork patterns.
You will need to include any important points of the movements ( how do you breathe with double hand high & low, heel or toe first etc), and mention where applicable, the dantien in relation to the moves & releasing stress & gathering energy.
Primarily this needs to be a written account but you have a free hand to be creative too! The brief is to explain and not describe but ancillary 'descriptions' could be added as an extra, by various means. Please note that any ancillary descriptions are not an essential part of this assignment though. 
(Please be aware of copyright issues when including anything that you have taken from the internet as this will be checked)
Please do not just cut and paste from the study guide for this unit. We are looking for something original! (also make sure you include a brief mention of the 5 Elements)

1.3 Demonstrate and explain the 4 main Tai Chi stances. 
This will be assessed at your final practical observation.


Unit 2 


To prove your competence you will need to:

2.1. Summarise the history of Tai Chi in accordance with Chinese tradition.
For this assignment you are asked to produce a handout suitable for your learners.This should summarise the history of Tai Chi. Please remember that you can include diagrams and pictures but ensure that they are copyright free. Please ensure that you use approx 500 words - a max of 1000.

You must include - Wudang mountain, 37 Patterns of Tai Chi, Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan, Chen Wang Ting and brief mention of the modern history. PLEASE ensure that you don't copy and paste from websites. This handout should be written by you.

2.2. Explain the 5 main styles of Tai Chi and their origins.
This will be assessed by an online test. You will need to know who created the style, when and where, and the characteristics of each of the styles.
You need to complete the test below for this assessment. When you pass the test, you will be shown the pass certificate. Please download this to your PC and send a copy to your tutor. Remember to also print out a copy for your portfolio.

2.3. Explain the 13 essentials of Tai Chi application.
For this assignment you will need to produce a written account, explaining the 13 Essentials of Tai Chi Application.
You must include: the names of the 13 essentials, the connection of the 'generic' form movements to the applications, mention of push hands

2.4. Discuss the health benefits of Tai Chi.
This will be assessed by a 1000 word essay.
You must show understanding of the 3 'groups' of benefits, mention current research where applicable, and the benefits from each group. PLEASE do not copy and paste from websites. This needs to be written in your own words.

Unit 3 


To prove your competence you will need to:
3.1 Explain the benefits of wuji.
You are required to use the links provided in the study guide for this unit, to research this subject. This will enable you to complete the assignment. Please ensure that any references are included in your write up.
Please send a written account (500 words) explaining the benefits of wuji, to your tutor for marking.
You must show understanding of: brain wave change, Qi and the benefits.

3.2 Explain the purpose of Qigong
This will be assessed at your final practical observation
3.3 Demonstrate the 5 Zhan Zhuang postures
This will be assessed at your final practical observation

 Unit 4


To prove your competence, you will need to:
4.1 Demonstrate the movements of the 6 Form
This will be assessed at your last session.

For this assignment all you need to do is to practise the Form and learn the 6 movement names.
Practise makes perfect!

Unit 5 

 To prove your competence you will need to show that you can:
5.1 Discuss Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic learning preferences.

This will be assessed by 1) Completion of the VAK test (this can be found on the study guide page - you will need to send a copy of this to your tutor), 2) A group online discussion. The date of this discussion will be given to you by your tutor. You will need to discuss your own learning style, what this means to you as a learner, what kind of resources you learn best from and why, and maybe any difficulties that you have with learning from a certain style. When you discuss with your peers, please try and keep the contributions fairly short for each subject area, rather than writing everything in only one contribution. We need to see discussion going on rather than telling!

5.2 Analyse how different learning styles can be accommodated through various Tai Chi teaching methods.
This will be assessed by a 1000 word essay.
You will need include each of the 3 main learning styles and how these can be catered for through use of a number of different resources. You also need to include different ways of teaching which allows for the different learning styles and mention - handouts, pictures, demo's, copying the tutor, discussions, verbal descriptions, small & group work