AssessmentSummative assignment – 001
Maximum word count1,500 words

   I.            Assessment Instructions

Open report (1,500 words)

You are a financial analyst and have been asked by a client to provide advice based on relevant ratio analysis on whether to buy equity shares in Tesco Plc, a supermarket based in the UK but with subsidiaries and investments around the globe.

Your advice is to be based on your analysis of their 2022 annual report. A copy of the reports can be found by following this link: Tesco Plc Annual Report and Financial Statement 2022.

You do not need to calculate key financial ratios as these have been calculated for you and are included as an attachment to this assignment. You can calculate additional ratios if you consider them helpful to your analysis and marks will be awarded for this.

II.            Marking Criteria

The examiner will be awarding marks for your ratio analysis based on five main areas:

  1. Your ability to relate the ratios to the financial performance of the business.
  2. Your ability to study the accounts to find the information you need.
  3. Your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between the ratios.
  4. The ability to tailor your analysis to the needs of the user group you are addressing. Make sure that you address the specific concerns of the user in the question.
  5. Your ability to arrive at a clear conclusion. Make sure you base your conclusions on your previous analysis.

The report should include the following sections:

Section% Marks Available
1. Introduction and overall report coherence10%
2. Comparative analysis of the company’s financial performance55%
3. Recommendations and conclusions20%
4. Limitations of the advice15%

III.            Word count requirements

The maximum word count for this assessment is 1,500 words. You must state your word count on the front of your submission.

You must observe the word count specified in this assessment brief. The word count policy for your programme permits markers to accept variations to the recommended word count of plus or minus 10%.

This means that markers will mark your work up to the word count maximum plus 10% and then will stop marking; therefore, all words which are in excess of the word count plus 10% will not be marked. Where your word count is more than 10% below that specified, it is likely that this will result in a lack of analytical depth or relevant content which will be reflected in the mark assigned.

What is in the word count?

The word count includes the main text, including in-text reference citations and quotations.

The word count does not include:

IV.            Formatting Requirements


You are required to use the Harvard referencing system for citing books, articles, and other sources like websites.

Other Formatting Requirements

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  • Arial 12 font
  • 2.0 line spacing
  • A minimum margin size of 2 cm on all sides

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