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Qualification Code e.g. 600/5640/X
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
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Quality Assurance

In order to comply with government guidelines on social distancing, we are not undertaking quality checks on centre sites.

Wherever possible, we will be encouraging all centres to use electronic systems of learner evidence. If you use an online system such as Turnitin or Moodle we will need access to review evidence of marked (and IQAd) learner work. If your centre does not use such online tools, we have developed a SharePoint site for you to upload electronic evidence (please contact your LQR for access to this). Failing this, we will continue to accept hard copies of learner work posted to the Open Awards office. Please note that the external quality assurance of hard copies posted to Open Awards may be subject to a delay while all our staff are working remotely.

If you have concerns about the moderation of your learners work, please contact your Lead Quality Reviewer or quality@openawards.org.uk

Wherever possible, we will be encouraging all centres to use electronic systems of learner evidence. If you use an online system such as Turnitin or Moodle we will need access to review evidence of marked (and IQAd) learner work. If your centre does not use such online tools, we have developed a SharePoint site for you to upload electronic evidence (please contact your LQR for access to this). Failing this, we will continue to accept hard copies of learner work posted to the Open Awards office. Please note that the external quality assurance of hard copies posted to Open Awards may be subject to a delay while all our staff are working remotely.

If you have concerns about the moderation of your learners work, please contact your Lead Quality Reviewer or quality@openawards.org.uk

No CAGs do not need to go through the normal IQA process. Instead, they will need to be reviewed and signed off by your Head of Centre. This will include a sense check against previous achievement rates.

No, you just need to submit the EARS document initially. This will be reviewed by your Lead Quality Reviewer who will then identify a sample size and contact you to arrange access to this evidence.

AIVs can verify actual achievement of units completed by 20th March 2020 in the normal way. They cannot verify estimated grades. This must be done by Open Awards external quality assurance team. Example scenarios are outlined below:

  • If assessments for all units in the course run were completed by 20th March, the AIV should follow normal processes, submitting an AIV Report and verifying results in the normal way.
  • If some but not all assessments were completed by 20th March 2020, the AIV should review learner evidence for all assessments completed by 20th March and complete an AIV Report for those units. The AIV Report should be submitted to Open Awards in the normal way. AIVs will not be able to sign off the complete course run so must complete the relevant cells in the Evidence and Assessment Records Sheet for that course run by entering A to show actual achievement. All other unit achievement (including Assessment Criteria mapping) should be completed based on the estimation judgements being made by the tutor(s). The AIV Report will form part of the evidence to be reviewed during Open Awards’ external quality assurance processes.
  • If no assessments were competed by 20th March 2020, all unit achievement will be subject to estimation. Open Awards are responsible for ensuring that all estimation judgements are reliable, valid and consistent. Therefore, we are not allowing AIVs to verify centre estimation. It is likely that our external quality assurance processes will take account of previous AIV performance in selecting sample sizes.

Where you are not able to formally assess and IQA the existing evidence, this can still be used towards a Centre Assessment Grade (CAG).

This needs to be somebody with sufficient authority within the centre to confirm the points within the declaration. This could be a headteacher, Director of Learning, or Quality Assurance Manager. It needs to be somebody who has not been involved in the process of estimating a learners grade.

Yes, we will use all the data and information we hold about your centre to support our external quality assurance activities. This will include looking at previous achievement rates. The Evidence and Assessment Record Sheet includes space for the Head of Centre to provide any information that explains a significant divergence from previous data profiles.

We will continue to release results on-demand as external quality assurance activities are completed. The latest date for releasing calculated results is 20th August 2020.  

There will be no right to appeal against the result. However, learners and centres can put in an appeal if they do not think the published process has been followed correctly. Further guidance will be published soon.