ASSESSMENT & QUALITY
ASSURANCE QUALIFICATIONS

The A1 award for Assessors and V1 award for Internal Verifiers, now known as Internal Quality Assurers, have been revised and re-written by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the Sector Skills Council for assessment and the quality assurance of assessment.

The new Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Assessment and Quality Assurance qualifications work differently from the previous awards. The fundamental difference is that the knowledge, understanding and performance have been split into units. This allows for the achievement of a greater range of qualifications. There is a graphical explanation of the units in combination for Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications below.

Existing holders of D units, A1 or V1 are not required to achieve the revised qualifications although BHEST believes it is good practice to know and understand the skills and knowledge relevant to the new qualifications.

Assessor qualifications  Download standards PDF

Three new units have been developed, combinations of which make up four possible qualifications for Assessors:

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
Qualification Units
Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (QCF) Unit 1
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF) Units 1 & 2
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (QCF) Units 1 & 3
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
(Equivalent of A1)
Units 1, 2 & 3

Internal quality assurance qualifications  Download standards PDF

Three new units at Level 4 have been developed making up three possible qualifications for Internal Quality Assurers (IQA’s):

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility
Qualification Units
Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) Unit 1
Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)
(Equivalent of V1)
Units 1 & 2
Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) Units 1, 2 & 3

External quality assurance qualifications  

Three new Level 4 units have been developed making up three possible qualifications for External Quality Assurers (EQA’s):

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment Externally Assure the Quality of Assessment Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility
Qualification Units
Level 4 Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF) Unit 1
Level 4 Award In the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)
(Equivalent of V2)
Units 1 & 2
Level 4 Certificate in Leading the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice Units 1, 2 & 3