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Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (Lead Internal Verifier) qualification was introduced when the old V1 internal verifier course was replaced in 2010. This course will enable you to become a qualified NVQ Internal Verifier or Moderator. The qualification also acknowledges you are a qualified lead Verifier, leading a team, which can be other verifiers, assessors and other practitioners.The course enables you to moderate any courses you are occupationally competent.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. Candidates who have already achieved the Level 4 Award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice, V1 or D34 can upgrade their qualification to be recognised as a Lead Internal Moderator at a discount.

There are currently three different internal quality assurance courses which are aimed at different settings. Please refer to our guide by clicking here. The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice has a 115 hours guided learning requirement. You are usually expected to complete this course within 3 to 15 weeks depending on the mode of enrolment.

Course Structure

The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and practice is made up of the following three units:

Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
Unit 2: Internally assure the quality of assessment
Unit 3: Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.

Classroom

This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment and given access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. Course events include forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Assessment of the IQA Qualification

The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile. We always take a holistic approach with your assessments. You are normally expected to complete 5 Scenarios and 4 questions to address the theory part of the course.

You will need to support at least two assessors and carry some quality assurance duties. There should be evidence of sampling evidence, giving feedback, standardisation and promoting professional development. For the third unit, you need to demonstrate how you have led a team and worked in line with a work plan. You need to evidence the planning, implementation, review and completion of the work plan.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, the quality of your evidence, time, learning and assessment opportunities and your ability to study at a high level.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits from other qualifications will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits less time. On the other hand if you find yourself needing more time than the curse duration you can negotiate for more time during your initial assessment planning. You can also apply for extensions.

Please bear in mind that you will be required to evidence learning and participate in course activities. This is a regulated qualification that will be quality assured and monitored by awarding bodies and Ofqual. We however expect you to complete the course within 1 to 8 weeks.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone who has quality assurance duties within a learning and development environment. You will be expected to have access to at least two assessors and be a team leader. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for Learning and development practitioners.

Vocational Learning might be able to provide you with a placement depending on your skills, availability and positive attitude when it comes to supporting learners. You will need to apply for placement by completing the form found here. An interview might be required.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 4?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing the first year of an undergraduate degree. Achievement at Level 4 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety as you become a qualified NVQ Internal Verifier/Moderator. You can go on to complete any other learning and development courses.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Please only book if you fully meet all course entry requirements. The course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive payment for your booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended subject to arrangement. We also consider alternative customised instalment payments. Please feel free to propose a payment arrangement that meet your needs.

The full cost of the course is £490. You can also use a payment plan by making a deposit of £260 and one monthly instalment of £260.

Candidates who have already achieved the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice are eligible for a discounted fee. Their full cost of the course is £250. You can also use a payment plan by making a deposit of £145 and one monthly instalment of £145.