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L4 Certificate in Leading Internal Quality Assurance (Units 1-3)

This course qualifies you to become a lead internal verifier or Internal Quality Assurer. Our distance learning IQA course is approved by NOCN and Pearson Edexcel.

Course Overview

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This is an NVQ / TAQA qualification which you need to do if you want to become a Lead IQA or in other words you will be able to sample the work of assessors in your organisation as well as monitor a team of internal verifiers.

This IQA qualification covers a whole range of sectors for example, beauty, health and social care, childcare, health  and safety, private security, construction, apprenticeships, hospitality etc

The Lead IQA course qualifies you as a Lead Internal Verifier. This means that you have overall responsibility for your institution's quality assurance systems and processes and you have a team of at least two other IQA's or internal verifiers who you monitor and support.

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.

If you already work as an IQA and wish to upgrade then this is the right course for you. Please note, there are no exemptions from the old D34 or V1 courses to this IQA qualification.

If you do not have access to work-based evidence as an IQA then you might want to do the theory only unit 1 L4 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of IQA course.

If you are not a head of centre, quality nominee or do not have access to a team of internal verifiers then you can do the regular IQA course also known as the L4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment.

Pre-course requirements

The Level 4 Awards and Certificate in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment are available for all candidates who fulfill 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 and verify.

Access to at least two other Internal Verifiers who quality assure two assessors each.

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.

      1. Be able to produce a work plan for own area of responsibility
        1. Explain the context in which work is to be undertaken
        2. Identify the skills base and the resources available
        3. Examine priorities and success criteria needed for the team
        4. Produce a work plan for own area of responsibility
      2. Be able to allocate and agree responsibilities with team members
        1. Identify team members; responsibilities for identified work activities
        2. Agree responsibilities and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) objectives with team members.
      3. Be able to monitor the progress and quality of work in own area of responsibility and provide feedback
        1. Identify ways to monitor progress and quality of work
        2. Monitor and evaluate progress against agreed standards and provide feedback to team members
      4. Be able to review and amend plans of work for own area of responsibility and communicate changes
        1. Review and amend work plan where changes are needed
        2. Communicate changes to team members

        Assessments

        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:

        • Assignments and assessment requirements
        • 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 essay-style assignments

        Assignments can be presented in the format of tables

        Work documents can be used instead of 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.

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

        You will 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.


        Unit 3: Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Expertise

        Work documents including:

        A few brief written statements

        Monitoring plan(s) showing monitoring and standardisation of at least two other internal verifiers

        Evidence of communication and reporting.

        You will need to complete one observation while meeting with your IQA team. 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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