Preparing for Assessment

Competence based qualifications allow great flexibility, allowing centres to choose their own suitable methods to assess learners.

We are all steeped in the importance of formative and summative internal quality assurance checks, but pre-delivery internal quality assurance checks are a vital stage in planning and preparation for delivery.

Pre-delivery of internal quality assurance(IQA), explores assessment planning and design with tutor(s)/assessor(s) before the course starts to ensure the selected assessment methods and activities will allow the learner to fully meet the learning outcomes/assessment criteria of the unit/qualification.

IQAs internally verify the proposed assessment strategy, materials, tasks and assessment methods before they are given to learners to check they are fit for purpose and to identify if any changes/modifications are required.

The assessment materials and tasks should be internally verified by a buddy – a different person – not by the person who wrote/designed them.

Assessment materials and tasks should be internally verified pre-delivery to confirm they:

• can be delivered using the available resources
• allow learners to meet all assessment criteria
• allow learners to meet all learning outcomes
• allow learners to generate evidence that can be authenticated
• allow learners to meet the level specified by the unit/qualification criteria
• language used is non-discriminatory and appropriate (appropriately written to meet equality and diversity considerations)
• are written using language appropriate to the level of the unit/qualification.

The outcome of pre-delivery IQA should be recorded (there is an example template, entitled “Pre-Course/Qualification Delivery Assessment Mapping and IQA” available for centres to use, obtained from our centre secure login area of the website).

If changes/modifications are required they should also be recorded as an action plan for the author and to create an auditable trail, which can be made available for external quality assurance purposes.