This programme of study develops your knowledge of the quality assurance of assessment (IQA) process, supporting you to take your next step in a career in the assessment of others, ensuring standards are maintained to a high level and students’ needs are met. You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your understanding of what quality assessment looks like whilst achieving a recognised professional qualification.
The course will be delivered through 1-1 tutorials on a flexible basis to suit your needs. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace every three to four weeks and provide advice, guidance and support to enable you to succeed in your professional formulation and achieve your qualification.
To be able to achieve on this course you will need to already possess a relevant assessor qualification and up-to-date experience in your chosen field. In addition you should:
The learning programme develops your knowledge and theory of Internal Quality Assurance. During the course you will work towards achieving Unit 1:
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment (Theory)
You will collate evidence of professional practice and organise a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competency and a consistently high level of good practice in the theory of internal verification.
There is no specialist equipment required but you would be expected to provide your own stationery, whilst having access to an internet-enabled device to complete tasks and upload evidence.
You will implement what you have learned in the workplace and improve the practice of others, having enhanced your communication and collaboration skills.
You can develop your understanding to enable effective support with the new Apprenticeship Professional Standards and End-Point Assessment, having the ability to develop assessment within any future work environment suited to your specialism.
You will have the ability to be reflective in your approach to what works and select appropriate sampling methodology to apply in dynamic or diverse workplace environments as required.
You could also progress to the following qualifications:
Former teaching assistant Catherine Connolly says qualifying as a teacher with Derby College has allowed her to work smarter, with more flexibility and on better pay.
A puppeteer and performer, Catherine, 52, said signing up for DCG’s part-time Post 14/19 Level 7 PGCE was the “best thing I have ever done.”
She now works three days a week for DCG, teaching English Functional Skills to adults. Catherine has upskilled from a specialist teaching assistant role at an independent school for alternative provision. She hopes to have a better work life balance, with more time for her puppetry.
After school Catherine took a BA Hons Degree in English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. She also discovered the world of puppetry and performance, enjoying it so much that she followed it as a career. For many years Catherine went into schools and other venues as a creative practitioner.
Catherine liked working in schools and with the arrival of austerity impacting on her puppetry work, she became a teaching assistant, initially on supply. She realised she needed to upskill as a mature student to progress and after much consideration bit the bullet and signed up for her PGCE. Catherine landed her job having just finished her course.
She said: “It’s a massive change to work with adults, but I’m enjoying it. I’m telling everyone, get your PGCE! I’ve upskilled myself and I’ve got more time now to get involved in puppetry, fingers crossed. It’s an increase in salary, which is important. It’s given me the opportunity to work less and work smarter. I don’t want to be a principal or anything, but I do want to have that flexibility.”
Without the college, I wouldn’t have got where I am.