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    This outstanding nationally recognised qualification course is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice as assessors.

    Learners who successfully complete this qualification are able to assess the candidate assessor’s knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of assessment.

    Course Overview

    As with all RQF qualifications, this excellent course has been written and designed to meet National Occupational Standards. They are designed with the help of employers so you can be assured that you’re gaining skills that employers are looking for.

    The RQF:

    • Recognises smaller steps of learning and enables learners to build up qualifications incrementally, bit by bit
    • Helps learners achieve skills and qualifications that meet industry needs
    • Enables work-based training to be nationally recognise

    There are no set entry requirements for this qualification.

    Learners wishing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following qualifications:

    • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
    • Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices
    • Level 4 Award in Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices
    • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices
    • Level 4 Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of assessment Processes and Practice
    • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes ad Practice

    Details and a full qualification specification can be viewed here [link to qual spec].

    To progress in your current job, to support new opportunities, or even set up your own business, the career prospects are only limited by your imagination and diligence. All of our courses will help you in your endeavours to improve your professional life.

    On successful completion of your studies, you receive two certificates as proof of study and development:

    • Certificate of Achievement from the Awarding Body (Focus Awards)
    • Certificate of Completion from Business Qualifications.

    Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the UK government’s qualification regulator for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

    Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP Scheme are ideal for professionals who need to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

    RQF Qualifications are nationally recognised, so applicable to any relevant employment.

    Who is this course for?

    Anyone with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands.

    If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems.

    The learning materials are written in simple everyday language, and you complete the answers to your assignments in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials, you also receive a Study Guide to help you, and your Tutor provides support throughout.

    What will I cover?

    Your course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You also receive tasks to complete and prompts to carry out further personal exploration and research, enabling you to monitor your own progress and gauge how much you have learned.

    Plenty of examples contained within the materials help you but using your initiative and carrying out personal research helps you gain a more complete understanding. In turn, this helps you answer the assignment questions more fully and speeds your progress.

    Is the course accredited?

    We run two types of courses:

    1. Courses on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) are nationally recognised and accredited by Focus Awards, a leading UK Awarding Organisation.
    2. Professional development courses are endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP (Focus on Quality Provision) Scheme. They are non-regulated qualifications endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

    These are ideal for CPD requirements for professionals needing to maintain their status with membership bodies, for learning information about special interest subjects or for research. Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred.

    What will my studies prepare me for?

    The learning materials and accompanying tasks help you develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments.

    The tasks encourage you to apply your knowledge and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

    If I fail an assignment, can I retake it?

    Yes. Your Tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

    How do I send in my work?

    You email or upload your assignments through your secure portal one at a time for marking.

    Your tutor then assesses the standard and style of your work for each section, and gives you feedback to use on your next assignment, facilitating the process of continuous improvement.

    On obtaining feedback and commentary from your Tutor you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

    What do I receive once I enrol?

    You receive login details to our Online Student Community, usually within a few minutes of enrolment. Once logged in you can access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

    Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

    Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but this timeline can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

    Is there a word count for my assignments?

    Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your Tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your Tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

    Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

    You need to use email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and conduct research. A computer or laptop is ideal for this, but you can also use a smartphone or tablet if more convenient.

    Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

    All the learning materials are online. You receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you can access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.


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