National Qualifications Internal Verification Toolkit

What is internal verification and how can it help you?

Internal verification is an approach to quality assurance based on peer support and review that enables you to integrate quality into internal assessment from start to finish.

Internal verification:

In this toolkit, the terms ‘assessor’ and ‘internal verifier’ are used for ease of reference.

‘Assessor’ refers to a teacher/lecturer who marks internal assessments for Units or Course components. They may be using SQA Unit assessment support packs (UASPs) or may devise their own assessment approaches.

‘Internal verifier’ refers to a teacher/lecturer who:

Internal verification in the senior phase builds on your experience of 3–15 moderation in the broad general education, with many similar elements. The Sharing Standards and Expectations pages on the Education Scotland website provide more information on this.

Models of internal verification

The model of internal verification used is at the discretion of the centre. The approach to internal verification that you choose needs to work within the context of your own centre.

There are three broad approaches:

If you need guidance on choosing an approach to verification, check our Frequently Asked Questions(132 KB) and use our Internal Verification Self-Assessment Form (69 KB). We recommend that you read through Sections 2 to 4 for guidance before you consider the self-assessment.

The stages of internal verification

Internal verification can be divided into three separate stages:

The internal verification toolkit allows you to think about the activities you undertake at each of these stages.

While most internal verification activity will be integrated within existing processes, it is important that key activities are documented. Primarily, this will support you in managing internal assessment and verification and planning for improvement, but will also allow you to demonstrate to SQA that an effective internal verification system is in place.

The internal verification toolkit provides you with templates that can be used to successfully support an effective internal verification process.

Internal Verification Toolkit pro forma - Single download