PDA Conduct the Internal Verification Process SCQF level 8

This Professional Development Award (PDA) is relevant to teachers, lecturers and tutors who may have a role in quality assuring the delivery of a range of qualifications that are assessed in a non-workplace context and in ensuring consistency of assessment decisions made within their delivering centre.

The PDA is a benchmark standard for anyone who is internally verifying a qualifications, such as National Qualifications, National Progression Awards (NPAs), Higher National (HN) Units or a Customised Awards.

The PDA aligns to the National Occupational Standard for Internal Verification ( L&D11) 'Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment.'

The PDA is not relevant for internally verifying qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) where assessment is carried out in the workplace of the person being assessed.

Candidates should have a good understanding of internal quality assurance and how it relates to the assessment cycle. This may have been gained through already having had some involvement in teaching/learning, assessment or the internal verification processes.

Access to this Unit is however at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates will gain this Unit by providing evidence of their competence as a practising internal verifier. This evidence can be generated by verifying evidence that has been assessed in a variety of non-workplace assessment contexts, for example assessing candidates for a First Aid Certificate in a simulated environment, assessing PC Passport in an open access centre, or assessing Units in a classroom environment.

It is important that the assessment on which the verification activities are based have a real purpose for the learner (eg to gain recognition and/or a qualification) and is not contrived simply for the purpose of gathering their evidence, as a verifier-candidate, to meet the requirements of the Unit.

PDA Title PDA Code Unit Title SQA Unit Code SCQF level SCQF credit
Conduct the Internal Verification Process GF8R 48 Conduct the Internal Verification Process H291 35 8 8

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