ASSESSMENT BRIEFModule name: Significant Life Events and Resilience Academic year: 2023-24 Assessment period: Trimester 2


Module name: Significant Life Events and Resilience Academic year: 2023-24

Assessment period: Trimester 2


Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on the assessment task.

The Assessment Task:

This assessment is based on Arabella’s Story, which can be accessed at: studies/socialprescribing-the-power-of-time-and-connections/

You will examine the impacts of the significant life events that Arabella has experienced, analyse the involvement of health and social care services in supporting Arabella, and provide recommendations for improved support.

Assessment guidance Read Arabella’s Story.

This is a suggested structure to follow for your assessment:

Introduction (about 500 words):

– Provide a definition for what a significant life event is

– Provide a brief introduction of the case study

Main body (about 1,000 words):

– Identify and describe the significant life event/s that Arabella has experienced

– Using evidence, justify why you consider this to be a significant life event/s

– Examine the impacts (both positive and negative) of the significant life event/s upon Arabella and her social network

– Analyse the involvement of health and social care services in supporting Arabella to identify areas of good practice and where further development is required

– Draw conclusions from your analysis about the impacts that health and social care services have had upon Arabella and her social network

Recommendations (about 1,000 words):

– Provide three appropriate evidence-based recommendations to improve the practices of health and social care services when providing support for individuals who have experienced similar significant life events as Arabella.

– Explain how your recommendations will benefit individuals experiencing these significant life events.

Your submission should be well supported by a relevant and appropriate evidence base. You should include examples to help illustrate key points.

You should include a Harvard formatted reference list of your sources cited in-text.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

A: Recognise and describe significant life events that may impact on individuals and their social networks

C: Analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individuals experiencing significant life events

F: Apply relevant areas to common, straightforward problems and suggest appropriate, reasonable solutions and creative approaches to problem solving

Academic Integrity and Misconduct

Unless this is a group assessment, the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. For the avoidance of doubt this means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted.

For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. You will also find useful resources on the VLE: Referencing and Academic Integrity page.

N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.

Assessment Submission

To submit your work, please go to the Assessments tile on the module page – and submit to Turnitin. Please note that essays and text-based reports should be submitted as Word documents and not PDFs or Mac files.

Written work will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database.

N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked.

Late submission of work

For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:

Submission within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade (D-).

Submission more than one week from original deadline – fail grade (LG, L indicating late).

For resits there are no allowances for late submissions


The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.

For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits.


Mitigating Circumstances

For guidance on mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating CircumstancesVLE area where you will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application.

Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.

Marking Rubric

This is what you will be marked against. You need to check it regularly against your work to ensure you are on the right track.



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