SQA Qualifications: Internal Verification Toolkit

What is internal verification and how can it help you?

Internal verification helps centres ensure all assessments are valid, reliable, practicable and fair. It also helps assessors to apply uniform and consistent standards of assessment.

Centres developing internal verification help safeguard the quality of SQA qualifications.

Internal verification:

What is an ‘assessor’?

An assessor makes SQA units/awards assessment decisions. They may use SQA Assessment Support Packs or devise their own in line with the assessment strategy for the qualification.

What is an ‘internal verifier’?

Models of internal verification

The model of internal verification used is at the discretion of the centre. The chosen model needs to work within the context of your own centre.

The internal verifier must not verify the assessment judgements or assessments they have devised.

There are several approaches, including:

  1. Divide responsibility to named staff for particular units/awards. Giving the designated internal verifier a view of all assessment activities relating to the units/awards they are responsible for.
  2. Divide responsibility to named staff for internal verification relating to particular assessors (appropriate for units/awards containing a high degree of performance evidence). Gauging how assessor's make judgements. In this case, methods such as conducting dual/peer observations are useful. 
  3. All members of staff take responsibility for assessing and internally verifying units. Promoting understanding of unit/award requirements and facilitating standardisation.

For guidance on choosing a model, please see our FAQs (132 KB) and use our Internal Verification Self-Assessment Form (136 KB).

Three stages

  1. Plan (pre-delivery and understanding standards)
  2. Do (support for assessor and sampling of candidate evidence)
  3. Review (post-delivery reflection and review)

The Toolkit allows you to think about the activities at each of these stages.

It is important to document activities relating to internal verification. Helping you manage internal assessment and verification, and plan for improvement. It also allows you to show SQA that an effective internal verification system is in place.

The Internal Verification Toolkit provides templates you can use to support the process.