Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
The TAQA External Quality Assurance qualification consists of learning outcomes and assessment criteria from the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at level 4. Each qualification awards RQF Credits. One credit equals approximately 10 hours of learning.
The qualification units form part of the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) suite of qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; separate standards are available in Scotland.
This course is designed to extend your knowledge of the quality assurance process in relation to monitoring centres on behalf of an awarding organisation. The first unit provides you with knowledge and understanding while the second unit requires you to demonstrate the application of theory by carrying out external QA visits.
Students are required to complete written assignments for Unit 1 and provide evidence of carrying out the EQA role with an Ofqual approved awarding organisation for Unit 2.
Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment
There are 6 tasks related to the 6 learning outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Understand the context and principles of external quality assurance
This includes analysing the concepts and principles of external quality assurance, evaluating the role of the practitioners involved in the quality assurance process, and understanding the regulations and requirements within own area of practice.
Outcome 2 – Understand how to plan the external quality assurance of assessment
This includes evaluating the importance of planning and preparing external quality assurance activities, understanding the external quality assurance plan and the preparations required for external quality assurance activities, and how to meet customer needs without compromising quality standards.
Outcome 3 – Understand how to externally evaluate the quality of assessment and internal quality assurance
This includes explaining the procedures for externally monitoring and evaluating internal quality assurance arrangements and practices, interpreting requirements, and evaluating different techniques for externally sampling evidence of assessment.
Outcome 4 – Understand how to externally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
This includes comparing the types of feedback, support and advice that internal assessment and quality assurance staff may need to maintain and improve the quality of assessment, evaluating standardisation requirements, explaining the importance of providing feedback, support and advice to internal verifiers, and explaining the procedures to follow in cases of disputes concerning quality assurance.
Outcome 5 – Understand how to manage information relevant to external quality assurance
This includes evaluating the requirements for information management, data protection and confidentiality in relation to external quality assurance.
Outcome 6 – Understand the legal and good practice requirements relating to external quality assurance
This includes evaluating legal issues, policies and procedures, including those for health, safety and welfare, critically comparing different ways in which technology can contribute to EQA, evaluating requirements for equality and diversity, and explaining the value of reflective practice and personal development in relation to EQA.
Unit 2 – Externally Assure the Quality of Assessment
Requires evidence of planning an EQA visit, carrying out the visit, providing feedback to the centre and recording on a report available to the centre as well as to the awarding organisation.
Units 1 and 2
Each learner is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates that all learning outcomes have been met.
Learners will be assessed and mentored by an experienced and highly qualified TAQA trainer. They will assist learners to assemble their portfolio and prepare for assessment. In addition the learners will have access to a range of learning materials; webinars; email and telephone support throughout their TAQA programme together with resources as required.
There are no tests or exams, instead you will be supported to build a portfolio of evidence including examples of your candidates work, assessment plans, feedback, questions about assessing and professional discussions with your assessor. You will have a personal tutor who guides you through the course, providing feedback at every stage.
The online course is completed entirely at your own pace.
The TAQA qualifications are designed for anyone assessing and carrying out quality assurance in all occupational sectors, accredited learning, non-accredited learning (e.g. where performance is being assessed by the learner is not undertaking a qualification) and qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). This qualification is open to candidates at any age, of either gender and there are no entry barriers on the grounds of race, creed or academic attainment in learning. These qualifications are designed for learners aged 19 and above. There are no entry requirements for Unit 1, but you need to be working for an Ofsted approved awarding organisation to gain Unit 2.