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

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

SQA code: GA2P 78

Ofqual code: 501/2183/2

Qualification Wales code: C00/1056/1

Total Qualification Time: 120

Guided Learning Hours: 90

Credit value: 12


The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in the principles and practices of internal quality assurance.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • underpinning knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of internal quality assurance
  • planning of quality assurance
  • evaluation of the quality of assessment
  • maintenance and improvement of the quality of assessment
  • managing information relating to the quality of assessment
  • maintaining robust and legal quality assurance practice   

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges, and is offered in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

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.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as an internal quality assurer (IQA) of work-based qualifications. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it confirms to employers and industry managers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally-recognised standard to carry out the role.

Upon achievement of the qualification, the learner will have demonstrated competence in the monitoring of assessment processes and decisions within an organisation, in addition to helping to maintain and improve the quality of assessment within a work environment.

The qualification is competence-based and is primarily assessed by:

  • observation of the learner’s performance when carrying out monitoring activities
  • inspection of related work products
  • professional discussion to confirm knowledge and understanding of relevant principles

Other supporting methods of assessment may also be used.

Learners may find it helpful for retention and access purposes to build and maintain a portfolio of evidence which details what they have completed at work. This can be through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The evidence can be in hard copy or electronic format. 

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment and to progress in the industry or to serve as formal recognition of their knowledge and skills if they are already employed.



The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • to confirm the learner’s competence as an IQA of regulated work-based qualifications
  • to provide the knowledge required to plan and carry out quality assurance of monitoring activities defined in their organisation’s quality assurance procedures, and in accordance with appropriate external quality assurance requirements
  • to provide an opportunity to demonstrate that their performance in quality-assuring assessment within an organisation or assessment centre meets the National Occupational Standards for planning and carrying out quality assurance monitoring activities, as defined in their organisation’s quality assurance procedures and appropriate external quality assurance requirements, 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

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • Practitioners who require formal recognition of their occupational competence for the role of IQA to meet the assessment strategies of sector skills councils and/or regulatory requirements.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. While there are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, IQA-candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. Therefore, IQA-candidates must have access to learners undertaking work-based regulated qualifications in order to meet the evidence requirements.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • IQAs requiring formal recognition of their knowledge and skills for regulatory requirement purposes
  • assessors wishing to augment their existing assessment/internal quality assurance knowledge and skills


The Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice Award can lead to employment within the training, learning and development sector as an IQA 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 learner to complete both mandatory units (credit value 12).

Please refer to the qualification structure for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

How to assess

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence that details what the IQA-candidate has completed at work. Mandatory methods of assessment include observation, professional discussion, and inspection of supporting work product evidence. Other supporting methods of assessment such as witness testimony, for example, may be used.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the IQA-candidate demonstrating that they carry out their IQA activity competently, both to the National Occupational Standards, and in compliance with the sector skills council’s assessment strategy.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle