Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)

Key Notes


This is designed for individuals who undertake or about to undertake the role of internal quality assurer (IQA) or for those who may be responsible for the quality of an assessment process in the organisation.

It is a knowledge based qualification and provides the underpinning knowledge to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an internal quality assurer. This award allows progression to the AoFAQ Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice for the individual to carry out the internal quality role in an organisation.

Guided Learning Hours:  45hrs

Compliance and Regulatory Requirements


This  is a qualification for individuals who undertake or about to undertake the role of internal quality assurer or for those who may be responsible for the quality of an assessment process in the organisation.

It is knowledge based qualification and provides the underpinning knowledge to develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an internal quality assurer. The qualification does not enable a learner upon qualification to perform quality assurance activity’s, but it does allow progression onto the practical unit which on complete allows the learner to perform these duties.

This qualification can also be undertaken by anyone who has an interest in internal quality assurance or wishes to gain an understanding of the role for their job e.g. managers.

The qualification meets the national occupational standards (NOS) for learning and development.

This award allows progression to the AoFAQ Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice for the individual to carry out the internal quality role in an organisation.

Key Points


Name: AoFAQ Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)

Qualification No.: 601/4844/5

Qualification Type: RQF

Guided Learning Hours: 48

Credit Value: 6

Validity: Does not expire.

Price £18.50 + VAT per Learner Registration

Learning Outcomes


1. Understand the context and principles of internal quality assurance.

1.1 Explain the functions of internal quality assurance in learning and development
1.2 Explain the key concepts and principles of the internal quality assurance of assessment
1.3 Explain the roles of practitioners involved in the internal and external quality assurance process
1.4 Explain the regulations and requirements for internal quality assurance in own area of practice

2. Understand how to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment.

2.1 Evaluate the importance of planning and preparing internal quality assurance activities
2.2 Explain what an internal quality assurance plan should contain
2.3 Summarise the preparations that need to be made for internal quality assurance, including:

  • information collection
  • communications
  • administrative arrangements
  • resources

3. Understand techniques and criteria for monitoring the quality of assessment internally.

3.1 Evaluate different techniques for sampling evidence of assessment, including use of technology
3.2 Explain the appropriate criteria to use for judging the quality of the assessment process

4. Understand how to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment.

4.1 Summarise the types of feedback, support and advice that assessors may need to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
4.2 Explain standardisation requirements in relation to assessment
4.3 Explain relevant procedures regarding disputes about the quality of assessment

5. Understand how to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment. 

5.1 Evaluate requirements for information management, data protection and confidentiality in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment

6. Understand the legal and good practice requirements for the internal quality assurance of assessment.

6.1 Evaluate legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment, including those for health, safety and welfare
6.2 Evaluate different ways in which technology can contribute to the internal quality assurance of assessment
6.3 Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in relation to internal quality assurance
6.4 Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment

Qualification Assessment


Assessment:

This qualification can assessed by the following means:

1.Assignment (template provided)
2.Professional discussion
3.Portfolio of evidence

AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials


The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ  to support the qualification:

Qualification Specification:

  • This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.

Scheme of Work:

  • This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.

Support Templates and Forms

PowerPoint:

  • AoFAQ have produced a professionally designed PowerPoint that maps the Learning Outcomes to assist the Trainer in presentation of the course. A sample of the slides can be seen in the above graphic.

All these items are available FREE of charge to AoFAQ Approved Centres when 6 Learner Registrations are purchased in advance.

Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements


Trainer, Assessor Requirements

Tutors/assessors must: 

  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience in an education or training context
  • Access to appropriate guidance and support
  • On-going participation in related programme quality assurance processes
  • A teaching or training qualificationExamples of teaching and training qualifications accepted to deliver and assess this course:
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong learning Sector (DTLLS)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong learning Sector (CTLLS)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (RQF)
  • Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
  • S/NVQ level 3 in Training and Development or equivalent
  • S/NVQ level 4 in Training and Development or equivalent
  • IHCD Instructional Methods
  • IHCD Instructor Certificate
  • CIPD Certificate in Training PracticeNote: This list is not exhaustive 

See Qualification Specification for details

Internal Quality Assurers

Internal Quality Assurers must:

All those who quality assure these qualifications internally must: 

  • Have up-to-date working knowledge and experience of best practice in assessment and quality assurance

Hold one of the following assessor qualifications or their recognised equivalent: 

  • the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment, or
  • the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, or
  • A1 Assess candidate performance using a range of methods, or
  • D32 Assess candidate performance and D33 Assess candidate using differing sources of evidence.

Hold one of the following internal quality assurance qualifications or their recognised equivalent: 

  • the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, or
  • the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, or
  • V1 Conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process, or
  • D34 Internally verify the assessment process.

Show current evidence of continuing professional development in assessment and quality assurance. 

Note: This list is not exhaustive. 

Downloads and Links


Information Links
The Education and Training Foundation website www.et-foundation.co.uk
Qualification Specification Level 4 Award in Understanding the IQA Qual Spec.pdf