Who is this course suitable for?
This is an NVQ / TAQA qualification which you need to do if you want to become a Lead IQA. In other words, you will be able to both sample the work of assessors in your organisation and monitor a team of internal verifiers.
This online IQA qualification covers a whole range of sectors, for example, beauty, health and social care, childcare, early years, health and safety, first aid, private security, construction, apprenticeships, hospitality, etc.
What kind of role will this course qualify me for?
The Lead Internal Quality Assurance course qualifies you as a Lead Internal Verifier. This means that once you complete this NVQ Verifier course, you have overall responsibility for your institution's quality assurance systems and processes and you have a team of at least two other IQA's or internal verifiers who you monitor and support.
If you are already a qualified Internal Verifier and are looking to expand your career options, our External Quality Assurance is the natural progression for you. Find out more about it here.
How long will it take to complete and how is it delivered?
We offer a generous 9 months for you to complete this 100% online course. All work-evidence and assignments are submitted online and we observe you online as well. Most people can complete this in 2-3 months if they have easy access to assessors and other Internal Verifiers in their institutions.
What if I already have completed some of the IQA units previously?
If you are a returning student, please get in touch we always offer loyalty discounts to our existing customers. Even if you have done one or more units with another provider we will get you the best price to merge your previous certificate with the units you need to upgrade yourself and become a Lead IQA. Get in touch via the live webchat below or email [email protected] so we can give you the best price according to your needs.
Why choose ELN?
- Unlimited Personal Tutor support - live 1:1 video tutorial for induction
- Live Tutorials on Zoom with Peer Discussions
- Interest-Free Monthly Instalments - get full access to the course and tutor on the first payment
- No Hidden Charges
- Group Discounts - email on [email protected] straight away
- Quick Certification - due to Direct Claims Status with all our Awarding Bodies
- Pearson Edexcel / NOCN accreditation - 2 of the largest Awarding Bodies in the UK and abroad
- Classroom-based in-house 3-4 day course + blended options available
Course Credits: 17
Course Duration: 9 months
Before you begin, your tutor will conduct a personalised 1:1 initial interview with you to go over all your work-based evidence and help you figure how best to achieve your qualification using your existing IQA work-based evidence.
If you already work as an IQA and wish to upgrade then this is the right course for you. Please note, there are no exemptions from the old D34 or V1 courses to this IQA qualification.
If you do not have access to work-based evidence as an IQA then you might want to do the theory only unit 1 L4 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of IQA course.
If you are not a head of centre, quality nominee or do not have access to a team of internal verifiers then you can do the regular IQA course also known as the L4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment.
The Level 4 Awards and Certificate in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment are available for all candidates who fulfill the following criteria:
Age range: 19+
Core skills: There are no formal entry requirements for this training course however candidate must have reading and writing skills in order to complete the course
Access to Internet using a laptop / pc / tablet using up to date Windows, Android or Apple operating systems.
Access to two assessors, whose work you can sample and verify.
Access to at least two other Internal Verifiers who quality assure two assessors each.
Would you like to read in more detail what the ELN Level 4 IQA course entails? Download our course brochure now!
Your course Tutors
As well as being ELN’s Training Manager and Internal Quality Assurer, Mark is also a tutor at ELN. He has amassed over 25 years of training and quality experience, within the Post-16 education and training sector, working in various roles for organisations throughout the UK, Middle East, Asia and Africa and continues to provide External Quality Assurance services for Ofqual and CCEA regulated Awarding Bodies and organisations within the UK. Mark has numerous qualifications across several sectors and holds professional memberships with the ILM, CMI, CQI, IRCA, SET, CIPD, SIA, IOSH and IIRSM. He has amassed over 23 years of training experience, working with all organisational levels, creating, promoting and delivering training solutions in both the public and private sectors, working throughout the UK, Middle East and Africa. He holds numerous qualifications in learning and development including the Diploma in Education and Training, Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Certificate in Leading Internal Quality Assurance and the Award in External Quality Assurance.
George is the ELN tutor for our IQA and DET programs. George's experience in education started as a school PE teacher before moving into further and higher education teaching on a wide range of programs from traineeship & apprenticeships to degrees. George has acted as a lead IQA for a wide range of organisations, within his work George has worked with learners from the US, Asia & 100's of learners in the UK. As a huge football fan George will promise to avoid using sports analogies when leaving feedback but he has been known to perform knee slide celebrations when his learners achieve!
Units and Learning Outcomes
- Understand the context and principles of internal quality assurance
- Explain the functions of internal quality assurance in learning and development
- Explain the key concepts and principles of the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Explain the roles of practitioners involved in the internal and external quality assurance process
- Explain the regulations and requirements for internal quality assurance in own area of practice
- Understand how to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Evaluate the importance of planning and preparing internal quality assurance activities
- Explain what an internal quality assurance plan should contain
- Summarise the preparations that need to be made for internal quality assurance, including:
- Information collection
- Administrative arrangements
- Understand techniques and criteria for monitoring the quality of assessment internally
- Evaluate different techniques for sampling evidence of assessment, including use of technology
- Explain the appropriate criteria to use for judging the quality of the assessment process
- Understand how to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
- Summarise the types of feedback, support and advice that assessors may need to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
- Explain standardization requirements in relation to assessment
- Explain relevant procedures regarding disputes about the quality of assessment
- Understand how to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Evaluate requirements for information management, data protection and confidentiality in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Understand the legal and good practice requirements for the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Evaluate legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment, including those for health, safety and welfare
- Evaluate different ways in which technology can contribute to the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in relation to internal quality assurance
- Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism in relation to the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Be able to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Plan monitoring activities according to the requirements of own role
- Make arrangements for internal monitoring activities to assure quality
- Be able to internally evaluate the quality of assessment
- Carry out internal monitoring activities to quality requirements
- Evaluate assessor expertise and competence in relation to the requirements of their role
- Evaluate the planning and preparation of assessment processes
- Determine whether assessment methods are safe, fair, valid and reliable
- Determine whether assessment decisions are made using the specified criteria
- Compare assessor decisions to ensure they are consistent
- Be able to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
- Provide assessors with feedback, advice and support, including professional development opportunities, which help them to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
- Apply procedures to standardize assessment practices and outcomes
- Be able to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment
- Apply procedures for recording, storing and reporting information relating to internal quality assurance
- Follow procedures to maintain confidentiality of internal quality assurance information
- Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when internally monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment
- Apply relevant policies, procedures and legislation in relation to internal quality assurance, including those for health, safety and welfare
- Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, in relation to internal quality assurance
- Critically reflect on own practice in internally assuring the quality of assessment
- Maintain the currency of own expertise and competence in internally assuring the quality of assessment.
- Be able to produce a work plan for own area of responsibility
- Explain the context in which work is to be undertaken
- Identify the skills base and the resources available
- Examine priorities and success criteria needed for the team
- Produce a work plan for own area of responsibility
- Be able to allocate and agree responsibilities with team members
- Identify team members; responsibilities for identified work activities
- Agree responsibilities and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) objectives with team members.
- Be able to monitor the progress and quality of work in own area of responsibility and provide feedback
- Identify ways to monitor progress and quality of work
- Monitor and evaluate progress against agreed standards and provide feedback to team members
- Be able to review and amend plans of work for own area of responsibility and communicate changes
- Review and amend work plan where changes are needed
- Communicate changes to team members
Your tutor will conduct a detailed personalised 1:1 initial assessment/interview with you before you begin your Level 4 IQA course. During this interview you will discuss and agree:
- Assignments and assessment requirements
- Skillscan to examine your current work-based evidence already being produced during your regular work activities
- Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Transfers and/or Exemptions that can be claimed
Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment
6 x essay-style assignments
Assignments can be presented in the format of tables
Work documents can be used instead of theory assignments e.g. IQA reports, policies, procedures, verification records etc
Unit 2: Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment
Work documents including:
1 x internal quality assurance plan,
General quality assurance / verification evidence,
IQA observation feedback and report
Evidence of management of all IQA data and standardisation.
Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfil the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.
You will need to complete one observation with at least one of the assessors. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.
Unit 3: Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Expertise
Work documents including:
A few brief written statements
Monitoring plan(s) showing monitoring and standardisation of at least two other internal verifiers
Evidence of communication and reporting.
You will need to complete one observation while meeting with your IQA team. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.
Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfil the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.
Frequently asked questions
Internal Quality Assurance is what you need to be an internal verifier and to monitor the training staff in your organisation, monitor learning, delivery and assessments happening in your centre as well as legal matters like Data Protection.
The IQA unit 2 qualifies you as an internal verifier who can sample and verify assessor work. The third unit qualifies you as a Lead IQA meaning you can lead/manage a team of internal verifiers.
Yes it is a BTEC qualification awarded by Pearson Edexcel.
Yes, if you do the IQA unit 1, you can then purchase the remaining two units later. Price will depend on the retail price and/or discounts available at the time but we do offer loyalty discounts for returning customers.
You can volunteer or work part-time or freelance to access the work-based requirements.
Yes, all the courses and units are self-paced and can be combined with the practical units at a later stage.
There is no difference between the qualification content, delivery or assessment. Both Pearson Edexcel and NOCN operate under Ofqual and offer the same qualification so this is purely a matter of which brand you prefer. Pearson are more widely-recognised but NOCN process the certificates much quicker.
Unfortunately there's no direct RPL from the D-suite of quals to the current IQA course approved by any awarding body. This is because the format of the qualification has changed. However, once you register we can supplement some criteria with a professional discussion. Your tutor will cover the possibilities with you in the initial interview.
Yes, City & Guilds 401, 402 are their own internal unit numbers for the Internal Quality Assurance units 1 & 2. These two units combine into the Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance (or Level 4 of the TAQA) and qualifies you to be an internal verifier. We offer this qualification through Pearson Edexcel and NOCN however, it's just a difference in 'brand name'. They all offer the same Ofqual units and qualifications.