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Introduction to the qualifications

Each of the seven new qualifications include a unit that covers all the essential knowledge and understanding that Assessors or Quality Assurance staff need, plus one or more units that describe competent practice. We believe this approach offers more flexibility and a greater potential to meet the needs of aspirant Assessors and quality assurance staff.

Those new to assessment and hoping to become Assessors can take one unit and gain an understanding of assessment principles and practices even before they are in a position to practice assessment. When they are ready to practice they can attempt the additional units.

Those who need to know about assessment, but never intend to practice - for example Managers - are able to learn about essential principles and practices. They would not achieve the whole qualification but could complete the unit ‘stand-alone’.

Others who are in a position to carry out real assessments can undertake more than one unit at the same time and, in the spirit of holistic assessment, can use evidence from one to meet some of the requirements of others.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 3 and Level 4 Assessing and Assuring The Quality of Assessment qualifications. However it is expected that all Learners will have a good level of literacy to achieve the qualification. This will be assessed at induction.

Learners must hold a relevant Level 3 qualification and have the skills, knowledge and competence in the area they will be assessing and assuring the quality of assessment e.g. childcare or play work.