Internal Verification Toolkit

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

Documenting internal verification activities helps manage internal assessment and verification, and plan for improvement.

It also shows SQA that an effective internal verification system is in place and helps to safeguard the quality of our qualifications.

Internal verification:

The Toolkit

There are three stages and the Toolkit lists the activities and provides templates for each stage

  1. Plan (pre-delivery)
  2. Do (during delivery - support and sampling)
  3. Review (post delivery - reflection and review)

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).

Stage 1 - Plan pre delivery