L4 Award in EQA (Units 1&2) - External Verifier Course (previously V2 / D35)

ELN’s Level 4 Award in External Quality Assurance course (EQA) is approved by Pearson Edexcel and recognised across the globe. It is the updated NVQ version of the old V2 and D35 courses.

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External Verifier Course Overview

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is a natural progression for you if you are a qualified and experienced Internal Verifier and looking to expand your career options. You can find out more about how to become an Internal Verifier or IQA here.

This course is suitable for those already working with an Awarding Body or similar organisation as a Standards Verifier or EQA. You should have access to centres who you can support and conduct external verification for.

If you do not have access to work as an external verifier then it's best to opt for the external verifier unit 1 only. This is a theory based course and requires no practical evidence.

Can I use any prior learning (RPL)?

We offer RPL and exemptions wherever possible so do get in touch if you feel you have done any of these units as part of another qualification like the L4 Certificate or L5 Diploma in E&T. It's also suitable if you have an older version of this qualification and need to upgrade.

However please note there are no direct exemptions from the old D35 or V2 courses to this new EQA course.

What if I already have Unit 1 of the EQA qualification?

You can opt to take only the practical unit 2 if you have already done the EQA unit 1 only with us or with any other NVQ provider. To do this please email us on [email protected] straight away and we can give you a special discount.

If you’re planning on becoming an External Verifier, but are also involved in teaching, we recommend studying the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. This leads to the QTLS which is a huge achievement in Education and Training and FE sector. It is also a testament to your professionalism and experience.

How long will it take to complete the EQA course and how is it delivered?

The course is delivered 100% online and you submit all evidence online as well. The observations can be done via video recording or we can approve a suitably qualified colleague to observe you in-house on our behalf. See assessment requirements and pre-requirements below.

We offer 6 months to complete this course however, most of our students complete this course in a few weeks if they have the required centre visits lined up. Since it is self-paced you can enrol and complete the course as quickly as you like.

Do I have to work for a UK awarding body to do this online EQA course?

Not at all, any regulated awarding body can be accepted. We regularly get external verifiers and standards verifiers from various countries, especially around the Middle East for example, from NIVE, KHDA, ADVETI etc. Our Pearson External Quality Assurance course is globally recognised.

Why should you take up ELN’s Level 4 External Quality Assurance course?

    Expand your knowledge about External Quality Assurance processes and policies.
  • Get better prepared for your External Verification visits
  • Progress your career and open up opportunities to work for UK and International Awarding Organisations
  • Dedicated personal tutor who works as an EQA himself in the UK!
  • PAYG interest free monthly instalments
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 29993 certification - quality assured for your peace of mind

Buy now or contact us via the live webchat below or via email on [email protected] - we are waiting to help you become an EQA today!

Key details

EQA Course Credits: 12

EQA Course Duration: 6 months

Your tutor will conduct a detailed personalised 1:1 initial interview with you before you begin your Level 4 External Quality Assurance qualification. For more details, see the 'Assessment' section below.

You will require access to two centres who you can support as an EQA or Standards Verifier. If you do not have access to this practical work then you should choose the L4 EQA Unit 1 theory only.

All the External Quality Assurance qualifications are based on the assessment strategy and qualification structures, devised originally by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), and are accredited by Pearson Edexcel on the NVQ framework. 

L4 External Quality Assurance Course Requirements

The Level 4 Award in External Quality Assurance of Assessment are available for all candidates who fulfill the following criteria:

Age range: 19+

Core skills: 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.

Be qualified and have experience working as an IQA for 2-3 years.

Have access to 2 centres whose Internal Quality Assurance systems you can support and review.

Learners completing Unit 2 of the qualification need to be working already with an Awarding Body or have permission to work with an Awarding Body to meet the evidence requirements for the unit.

L4 EQA Course Brochure

Would you like to read in more detail what the ELN Level 4 EQA course entails? Download our course brochure now!

L4 EQA Course Tutors

  • Mark Bresland Mark Bresland

    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.

  • Sana Farooq Sana Farooq

    Sana Farooq is founder of ELN The E-Learning Network. She graduated as valedictorian in her Masters in English Literature with Psychology and International Relations minors. She is a Cambridge qualified trainer as well as a fully qualified Assessor and Lead IQA. She is a chartered auditor with the IRCA. Sana enjoys travelling the world and connecting with people from different regions. This passion has led her to become a TEDx speaker twice, mentor for the Cherie Blair Programme for Women and Global Ambassador for the prestigious Blackbox Connect accelerator based in Silicon Valley.

L4 External Quality Assurance Course Outline

  1. Understand the context and principles of external quality assurance
    • Explain the functions of external quality assurance in learning and development
    • Explain the key concepts and principles of the external quality assurance of assessment
    • Explain the roles of practitioners involved in the external and external quality assurance process
    • Explain the regulations and requirements for external and internal quality assurance in own area of practice
  2. Understand how to plan the external quality assurance of assessment
    • Evaluate the importance of planning and preparing external quality assurance activities
    • Explain what an external quality assurance plan should contain
    • Summarise the preparations that need to be made for external quality assurance, including:
      1. Information collection
      2. Communications
      3. Administrative arrangements
      4. Resources
    • Explain how to adapt external monitoring and evaluation approaches to meet customer need without compromising quality standards
  3. Understand how to externally evaluate the quality of assessment and internal quality assurance
    • Explain the procedures for externally monitoring and evaluating internal quality assurance arrangements and practices
    • Interpret the requirements for externally monitoring and evaluating internal assessment arrangements and practices
    • Evaluate different techniques for externally sampling evidence of assessment, including those that use technology
  4. Understand how to externally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    • Critically compare the types of feedback, support and advice that internal assessment and quality assurance staff may need to maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    • Evaluate standardisation requirements relevant to the external quality assurance of assessment
    • Explain the importance of providing feedback, support and advice to internal assessment and quality assurance staff that is consistent with standardisation requirements
    • Explain the relevant procedures to follow when there are disputes concerning quality assurance and assessment
  5. Understand how to manage information relevant to the external quality assurance
    • Evaluate the requirements for information management, data protection and confidentiality in relation to the external quality assurance
  6. Understand the legal and good practice requirements for the external quality assurance
    • Evaluate legal issues, policies and procedures that are relevant to external quality assurance, including those for health, safety and welfare
    • Critically compare different ways in which technology can contribute to external quality assurance
    • Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism in relation to the external quality assurance of assessment
    • Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in relation to external quality assurance
  1. Be able to plan the external quality assurance of assessment
    1. Plan procedures for the external quality assurance of assessment
    2. Communicate procedures for external quality assurance to the organisations and individuals concerned
    3. Ensure arrangements and resources are in place for external monitoring and evaluation
  2. Be able to externally evaluate internal quality assurance and assessment 
    1. Carry out monitoring activities to quality requirements
    2. Evaluate the quality of internal quality assurance systems
    3. Evaluate the quality of internal administrative arrangements
    4. Evaluate the quality of internal staffing and internal staff expertise and competence
    5. Determine whether assessment arrangements, methods and decisions meet quality requirements
  3. Be able to maintain and improve internal quality assurance processes
    1. Provide staff with feedback, advice and support which help them maintain and improve the quality of assessment
    2. Apply procedures for the standardisation of assessment practices and outcomes
  4. Be able to manage information relevant to the external quality assurance of assessment
    1. Apply procedures for recording, storing, reporting information relating to external quality assurance
    2. Apply procedures to maintain confidentiality of information relating to external quality assurance
  5. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when externally monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment
    1. Apply policies, procedures and legislation relevant to the external quality assurance of assessment, including those for health, safety and welfare
    2. Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, to the external quality assurance of assessment
    3. Critically reflect on own practice □ in externally assuring the quality of assessment
    4. Maintain the currency of own expertise and competence as relevant to external quality assurance 

Level 4 External Verifier Course Assessments

Your tutor will conduct a detailed personalised 1:1 initial interview with you before you begin your Level 4 External Quality Assurance qualification. 

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment

3 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 / EQA reports, policies, procedures, verification records etc

Unit 2: Externally Assure the Quality of Assessment

Work documents including:

1 x external quality assurance plan,

General quality assurance / verification evidence,

EQA observation feedback and report

Evidence of management of all EQA data, meetings and communications.

You will also need to complete one observation with at least one of the centres who you support and review. 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.

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External Verifier / Standards Verifier Course FAQs

Yes, although we recommend that you have IQA experience since the assignments require a thorough understanding of internal and external standards verification. You will need to work as an external verifier once you enrol onto this course. If you cannot do this, consider the EQA theory only course.

Yes it is an NVQ qualification awarded by Pearson Edexcel and it is recognised in the UK and around the globe. 

No, once it is a registered awarding body and regulates qualifications in their region, sector or country then we can accept your work experience with them as evidence for the EQA course.

Yes, absolutely, in fact we train IQA’s and EQA’s who work in these organisations in the UAE and many other countries in the Middle East and Asia.

At the moment unfortunately, the organisations we had partnerships with cannot facilitate placements anymore so we are not offering them for any course. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Yes you can. The IQA course is not a pre-requirement for the EQA course although we strongly recommend it. You may choose to do the theory unit for the IQA first though as it will give you a perspective on the Internal Verification process before you start thinking about external verification. Click here for more details.

No you do not need to be qualified or experienced as an Assessor to do this course although of course it would help. We do recommend you spend at least 2-3 years as an internal verifier before doing this course as it will help you understand the full breadth of the Educational Quality Assurance cycle.

Unfortunately, we are not currently offering the full Lead EQA or Lead External Verifier at this time.

All evidence for this qualification must be direct, simulations are not accepted so you must be able to evidence communication with the centre throughout the 'Plan-Do-Review' cycle.

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