Pre-delivery and Understanding Standards

The first stage of internal verification is the pre-delivery stage. This includes:

Pre-delivery tasks

Role of assessor Role of internal verifier

Understand roles and responsibilities of assessor and internal verifier.

Ensure assessor and internal verifier roles and responsibilities are clear.

Define approach to internal verification, including sampling.

Be familiar with Unit/Award standards and conditions.

Collaborate with assessor(s) and other internal verifiers to ensure shared understanding of Unit/Award standards and conditions.

Propose assessment approach.

Assessors can use assessment exemplars and materials, where provided, or devise their own assessments.

Collaborate to ensure that assessment approach is valid, reliable, practicable, equitable and fair.

Internally verify centre-devised assessment before submitting to SQA for prior verification, where applicable.

Internally verify SQA-published assessments (where applicable) to ensure that they are fit-for-purpose for use in the centre.

Prepare candidates for assessment.

Confirm that agreed assessment guidance for specific Units/Awards is implemented for candidates, including those requiring special assessment arrangements.

If you are offering SVQs, the internal verification system must show that broad agreement has been reached in terms of how assessment will proceed, taking account of centre-devised materials (if any have been developed). This pre-verification check should take into account any associated Assessment Strategy documents.

If you write your own assessments for Higher National Units, you must internally verify them before use. We strongly recommend that you send them to us for prior verification, once you have internally verified them.

SQA’s prior verification service

Pre-delivery records

The assessor(s) and internal verifier(s) should be identified and recorded for every Unit. A pro forma is provided for this.

You may wish to refer to our FAQs for guidance on the qualifications and experience required to be an assessor or internal verifier.

A pro forma is provided for recording discussions and actions from meetings. These could be full team meetings or smaller, informal meetings. The pro forma has a checklist of issues to be discussed and allows you to record comments and actions succinctly.

A pro forma is provided for recording the outcome of internal verification of centre-devised assessments, feedback to the assessor who wrote it and any action points.

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