Assessment and Quality Assurance Essays

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Welcome to the qualifications for assessing and assuring the quality of assessment. These qualifications represent a real step change in the approach to qualifications for assessment and quality assurance; for the first time knowledge is formally recognised as the basis for sound performance through the mandatory inclusion of a knowledge or theory unit in all the qualifications.
This handbook provides you with everything you need to know to deliver and assess these Awards and Certificates including details and guidance on:
• quality assurance
• centre resource requirements
• learning and assessment approaches
• qualification structures
• progression
• the units of assessment
• assessment guidance
• evidence guidance
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
The QCF is a credit based framework that replaces the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The framework assigns credit values to units and qualifications, allowing learners and centres easily to track progression and accumulation of learning and skills. The QCF tracks achievement data via a unique learner number (ULN). Centres will need to register with the Learner Registration Service
(LRS) to get ULNs for their candidates, by emailing or by calling 0845
602 2589, stating that City & Guilds is their Awarding Organisation (AO).
The units and qualifications below are listed on the QCF and meet the requirements of the framework. The Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualifications:
Qualification title Number QAN Credit value Guided
Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and
Practices of Assessment
6317 -30 501/1648/4 3 24
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work
6317 -31 501/1676/9 9 54
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related
6317 -32 501/1677/0 9 54
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational
6317 -33 501/1679/4 15 84
Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality
Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
6317 -40 501/1649/6 6 45
Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of
Assessment Processes and Practice
6317 -41 501/1678/2 12 90
Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality
Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
6317 -42 501/1680/0 17 115 6 Level 3 & 4 Awards & Certificates in Assessment and Quality Assurance
The City & Guilds term for these units is the ‘TAQA’ qualifications:
The assessment and quality assurance qualifications will be part of an integrated suite of TAQA qualifications for training, assessment and quality assurance practitioners.
These qualifications are for people working in, or looking to enter roles in assessment and internal quality assurance. They have been developed by LLUK to replace the Assessor and Verifier (A&V)
Units. They are designed for use in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – alternative arrangements exist in Scotland.
The units and qualifications will provide people who carry out assessment and internal quality assurance roles in their organisation with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as achieving a professional qualification for the role. They are available to anyone working in: accredited learning; non accredited learning (where people may assess performance but do not assess for a qualification); the NQF and the QCF.
There are knowledge only units (which are titled ‘Understanding the... …..) these allow anyone who is interested in or needs to know about assessment and quality assurance – but is not a practitioner
– to acquire knowledge and information about the processes. Although they are stand alone units they feature in each qualification as the sound basis for ‘competent’ practice.
Achievers will understand the principles of assessment and/or internal quality assurance