Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Total Qualification Time: 120 hours

This award will develop knowledge and skills in the principles and practices of internal quality assurance.

This qualification is offered in England through colleges, private training providers and employers.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale

The qualification is designed to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to internally quality assure assessment decisions. It is aimed at those who are already qualified assessors and have the responsibility for internal quality assurance within an assessment centre/organisation.

Objectives

The qualification is designed to provide candidates with:

  • the knowledge required to plan and carry out the quality assurance of monitoring activities defined in their organisation’s quality assurance procedures and in accordance with appropriate external quality assurance requirements
  • the opportunity to demonstrate that their performance in assuring the quality assurance of assessment within an organisation or assessment centre meets the National Occupational Standards for planning and carrying out the quality assurance monitoring activities defined in their organisation’s quality assurance procedures and appropriate external quality assurance requirements

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the verifier-candidate’s occupational competence as an internal quality assurer of qualifications.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence that details what candidates have achieved through a variety of methods of assessment such as direct observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the candidate to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they have gained the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the candidate demonstrating that they can carry out their normal work activities competently and meet the requirements of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the relevant sector skills council’s assessment strategy.

What does this qualification cover

As this is a knowledge- and competence-based qualification, candidates will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification verifier-candidates need to complete two mandatory units (12 credits):

  • FD4A 63: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment
  • FD4C 63: Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment

Recognition, progression and further information

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for candidates whose job role includes the internal quality assurance of assessment within an organisation or assessment centre offering competence-based qualifications in the work environment as well as those in a non-work environment context.

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. However, care should be taken to ensure candidates have the skills, potential and opportunity for its successful achievement.

Prior experience of assessing or the achievement of relevant assessor qualifications would be advantageous/desirable.

This qualification is primarily undertaken by individuals employed/seeking employment as internal quality assurers.

Progression

The Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice Award can lead to employment within the training, learning and development sector as an internal quality assurer of RQF and CQFW qualifications.

What approvals are needed

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The qualification requires the candidate to complete two mandatory units (12 credit points).

Group award code: GA2P 78 (12 credit points)

Regulated code: 501/2183/2

Qualification title SQA Level 4 Award in The Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (GA2P 78)
Qualification level 4
Credit value (TQT/10) 12
TQT 120
Guided learning hours (GLH) 90

 

SQA code Regulator code Title Level Credits GLH
FD4A 63 T/601/5320 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment 4 6 45
FD4C 63 A/601/5321 Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment 4 6 45

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Support materials are available on SQA’s secure website; access is via your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment strategy/Principle