Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

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

This Level 4 Award is suitable for qualified NVQ assessors that wish to progress their skills, knowledge and experience into Internal Quality Assurance.

The role of the Internal Quality Assurer (also known as the IQA) is at the heart of Quality Assurance in NVQs.

The IQA will monitor and evaluate the quality and management systems of each approved Centre to ensure that they consistently meet national standards. This includes monitoring individual NVQ assessors to confirm that their assessment of learners is carried in out in a standardised manner to the other assessors within the centre. Essentially the IQA assesses the assessor.

Training to become an Internal Quality Assurer is a natural and logical progression for qualified and experienced NVQ Assessors. IQAs will often still work as assessors, performing both roles. Some smaller organisations might only have one assessor and one IQA who swap roles and internally quality assure each other’s assessment decisions.

Initially you will attend one full induction day of theory/learning which we carry out here at the CADUK office in Telford, which focuses on understanding the principals, roles and responsibilities of the IQA as well as the practical element of an IQA where you will understand how to use key documents such as a sampling plan.

The expectation is that the induction day will provide you with sufficient knowledge to start internally quality assuring live learners and collecting your IQA portfolio of evidence.

Our CADUK assessor will then visit your workplace and observe you observing one of your assessors and looking at how you provide feedback.

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What are the benefits of this NVQ?

This qualification can help you increase your earning potential, add value to a company and compliment your Assessor qualification by becoming an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) in your specialist occupation.

This qualification is applicable to all fields including construction, engineering, mechanics, hospitality, health & social care, business etc.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, in order to complete this qualification you are required to monitor two real live assessors, each with a minimum of two live candidates of their own. You will need to provide these assessors.

There are two mandatory units to complete:

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment – The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding that underpins the internal quality assurance of assessment.

Learners will gain knowledge in the planning of administrative arrangements, resources required and collection of information before an assessment, as well as the need for clear communication about these arrangements. As part of the quality assurance process it is necessary to consider different forms of sampling and standardisation, including the use of technology, in judging quality against appropriate criteria.

As part of internal quality assurance, it is necessary to understand how different types of feedback, support and advice can be used with assessors to share standardisation requirements, settle assessment disputes, maintain and improve the quality of assessment. This unit gives learners the opportunity to address the requirements of their organisation for information management, data protection and confidentiality in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment.

This unit is assessed by completion of the relevant written assignments.

Unit 2: Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment – The aim of this unit is to develop your performance as a learning and development practitioner with responsibility for the internal quality assurance of assessment.

This unit is assessed through the observation of practice and work products from the monitoring of a minimum of two assessors each with a minimum of two learners.

Learners will identify their role in the quality assurance process and demonstrate their practical ability to plan, monitor and evaluate the quality of assessment against the range of relevant organisation policies and procedures, as well as awarding organisations and sector skills requirements.

They will need to be able to judge whether assessment methods are appropriate and assessors consistent in making decisions against specified criteria, and that the management and reporting of information meets the required standards.

In practical terms, learners will need to be able to demonstrate their role in internally maintaining and improving the quality of assessment – including being able to provide assessors with feedback, advice and support when applying the standardisation measures to assessment processes and outcomes.

All of our assessors are highly experienced, qualified, learning and development professionals.

In addition to the full day training here at our office in Telford (TF2 9NT) your assessor will provide advice and feedback throughout the qualification via phone, Skype, email and through our bespoke online ePortfolio system.

Following your induction day here at our office in Telford, the majority of this qualification will be delivered online through our interactive, online ePortfolio system.

The assessor is however required to come to your site to directly observe performance for a certain element of this qualification.

Your induction day is essentially one full induction day of theory/learning which we carry out here at the CADUK office in Telford.

The induction day focuses on understanding the principals, roles and responsibilities of the IQA as well as the practical element of an IQA where you will understand how to use key documents such as a sampling plan.

The expectation is that the induction day will provide you with sufficient knowledge to start internally quality assuring live learners and collecting your IQA portfolio of evidence.

Although there is no mandatory requirement for an IQA to first qualify as an NVQ assessor or even to hold any prior qualifications, it would be unusual to undertake the IQA qualification having not first qualified as an assessor.

Since the IQA essentially assesses the assessor, it would be difficult to carry out this role and provide meaningful advice and feedback to the assessor had you never actually done their job yourself.

It would also realistically be difficult for an individual to find work as an IQA, were they not also qualified as an assessor.

Achievement of this qualification is largely down to the learner’s own motivation.

We provide support for a period of 12 months from the date or registration. This qualification however is realistically achievable within 6-8 months.

Qualification cost

£1300+VAT

This price includes assessment and training materials, the full training program at our office in Telford, Awarding Body (Pearson) registration/certification fees, ePortfolio registration and support and guidance throughout the qualification.

Travel expenses to client site for the mandatory observation will be an additional cost.

*Discounts may apply to multiple learners from the same company.

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We are extremely proud of the quality services we provide. Our assessment team are industry professionals that really add value to your personal development.Gary Pollard MCIOB, Managing Director

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