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L4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment (Units 1 & 2)

This course qualifies you to become an internal verifier or Internal Quality Assurer. Our distance learning IQA course is approved by NOCN and Pearson Edexcel on the NVQ framework and fully approved by Ofqual.

Course Overview

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This is the IQA course which you need to do if you want to become an IQA or internal verifier. 

By doing this online IQA course you can internally verify the work of assessors who teach and assess students in your subject specialism. This includes a range of sectors for example, you can become an internal verifier for beauty, health and social care, childcare, health and safety, private security, construction, apprenticeships, hospitality etc

Why choose ELN?

There are many reasons to choose ELN The e-Learning Network. From our 5-star rated, UK-based personal tutors, modern easy-to-use Learning Management System, globally recognised accreditation and self-paced, flexible solutions. 

If you are already a qualified Internal Verifier and are looking to expand your career options, our External Quality Assurance is the natural progression for you. Read more about it here.

Our core purpose is to help you get qualified so you can boost your career. We are waiting to help you! Click on the webchat or email [email protected] today!

Key details

Before you begin, your tutor will conduct a personalised 1:1 initial interview with you to go over all your work-based evidence and help you figure how best to achieve your qualification using your existing IQA work-based evidence.

This is the same course that was previously referred to as the D34 and then the V1 course. If you have these qualifications and wish to upgrade then this is the right course for you. However, there are no exemptions from the old D34 or V1 courses to this IQA qualification.

If you do not have access to assessors then you might want to do the theory only unit 1 Level 4 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of IQA course.

If you are a head of centre, quality nominee and have access to a team of internal verifiers then you can also do the Lead IQA course also known as the Level 4 Certificate in Leading Internal Quality Assurance.

Pre-course requirements

Our online IQA course is available for all candidates who fulfil the following criteria:

Age range: 19+

Core skills:  There are no formal entry requirements for this training course however candidate must have reading and writing skills in order to complete the course

Access to Internet using a laptop / pc / tablet using up to date Windows, Android or Apple operating systems.

Access to two assessors whose work you can sample. Please note, you do NOT need to have an Assessor qualification or experience in order to become an IQA.

Course Brochure

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Your course Tutors

  • Mark Bresland Mark Bresland EFL Tutor

    Mark is ELN’s Training Manager as well as being one of our most highly rated tutors. He supports students on our DET, IQA, EQA and some Assessor courses. He has amassed over 23 years of training experience, working with all organisational levels, creating, promoting and delivering training solutions in both the public and private sectors, working throughout the UK, Middle East and Africa. He holds numerous qualifications in learning and development including the Diploma in Education and Training, Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Certificate in Leading Internal Quality Assurance and the Award in External Quality Assurance.

Units and Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the context and principles of internal quality assurance
    1. Explain the functions of internal quality assurance in learning and development
    2. Explain the key concepts and principles of the internal quality assurance of assessment
    3. Explain the roles of practitioners involved in the internal and external quality assurance process
    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
    1. Evaluate the importance of planning and preparing internal quality assurance activities
    2. Explain what an internal quality assurance plan should contain
    3. Summarise the preparations that need to be made for internal quality assurance, including:
      1. Information collection
      2. Communications
      3. Administrative arrangements
      4. resources
  3. Understand techniques and criteria for monitoring the quality of assessment internally
    1. Evaluate different techniques for sampling evidence of assessment, including use of technology
    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
    1. Summarise the types of feedback, support and advice that assessors may need to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    2. Explain standardization requirements in relation to assessment
    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
    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
    1. Evaluate legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment, including those for health, safety and welfare
    2. Evaluate different ways in which technology can contribute to the internal quality assurance of assessment
    3. Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in relation to internal quality assurance
    4. Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment
  1. Be able to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment
    1. Plan monitoring activities according to the requirements of own role
    2. Make arrangements for internal monitoring activities to assure quality
  2. Be able to internally evaluate the quality of assessment
    1. Carry out internal monitoring activities to quality requirements
    2. Evaluate assessor expertise and competence in relation to the requirements of their role
    3. Evaluate the planning and preparation of assessment processes
    4. Determine whether assessment methods are safe, fair, valid and reliable
    5. Determine whether assessment decisions are made using the specified criteria
    6. Compare assessor decisions to ensure they are consistent
  3. Be able to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    1. Provide assessors with feedback, advice and support, including professional development opportunities, which help them to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    2. Apply procedures to standardize assessment practices and outcomes
  4. Be able to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment
    1. Apply procedures for recording, storing and reporting information relating to internal quality assurance
    2. Follow procedures to maintain confidentiality of internal quality assurance information
  5. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when internally monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment
    1. Apply relevant policies, procedures and legislation in relation to internal quality assurance, including those for health, safety and welfare
    2. Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, in relation to internal quality assurance
    3. Critically reflect on own practice in internally assuring the quality of assessment
    4. Maintain the currency of own expertise and competence in internally assuring the quality of assessment.


Your tutor will conduct a detailed personalised 1:1 initial assessment/interview with you before you begin your Level 4 IQA course. During this interview you will discuss and agree:

  • Personal Development Plan
  • Skillscan to examine your current work-based evidence already being produced during your regular work activities
  • Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Transfers and/or Exemptions that can be claimed

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment 

6 x short essay-style assignments

Assignments can be presented in the format of tables

Work documents can be used in conjunction with theory assignments e.g. IQA reports, policies, procedures, verification records etc


Unit 2: Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment 

Work documents including:

1 x internal quality assurance plan,

General quality assurance / verification evidence,

IQA observation feedback and report

Evidence of management of all IQA data and standardisation.

You will also need to complete one observation with at least one of the assessors. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.

Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfil the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.

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Frequently asked questions

 Internal Quality Assurance is what you need to be an internal verifier and to monitor the training staff in your organisation, monitor learning, delivery and assessments happening in your centre as well as legal matters like Data Protection.

The IQA unit 2 qualifies you as an internal verifier who can sample and verify assessor work. The third unit qualifies you as a Lead IQA meaning you can lead/manage a team of internal verifiers.

Yes it is a BTEC qualification awarded by Pearson Edexcel.

Yes, if you do the IQA unit 1, you can then purchase the remaining two units later. Price will depend on the retail price and/or discounts available at the time but we do offer loyalty discounts for returning customers.

You can volunteer or work part-time or freelance to access the work-based requirements.

Yes, all the courses and units are self-paced and can be combined with the practical units at a later stage. 

There is no difference between the qualification content, delivery or assessment. Both Pearson Edexcel and NOCN operate under Ofqual and offer the same qualification so this is purely a matter of which brand you prefer. Pearson are more widely-recognised but NOCN process the certificates much quicker.

Unfortunately there's no direct RPL from the D-suite of quals to the current IQA course approved by any awarding body. This is because the format of the qualification has changed. However, once you register we can supplement some criteria with a professional discussion. Your tutor will cover the possibilities with you in the initial interview.

Yes, City & Guilds 401, 402 are their own internal unit numbers for the Internal Quality Assurance units 1 & 2. These two units combine into the Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance (or Level 4 of the TAQA) and qualifies you to be an internal verifier. We offer this qualification through Pearson Edexcel and NOCN however, it's just a difference in 'brand name'. They all offer the same Ofqual units and qualifications.

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