External Quality Assurance Courses (Educational Management)
External Quality Assurance (EQA) is a valuable tool in the Quality Assurance and improvement process. It provides objective evidence of training competence for teachers, learners, trainers, accrediting bodies, and regulatory agencies, and serves as a unique source of information and support for an educational institute that is not obtainable in other ways.
This course is most suitable for people with a mature background of experience and a respectable history working in all areas of Education and Training, incuding Educational Management and overseeing Internal Quality Assurance systems and processes. For example, teachers with 10+ years of fulltime experience, practicing or retired school principals, deans, head of departments, centre owners etc.
With the completion of this course there is a great opportunity to be able to use your expertise, to not only monitor operational staff within regulatory requirements, but also to support teachers and benefit learners to achieve their full potential. This course will enable you to provide External Quality Assurance Audits and Inspections on behalf of awarding organisations (e.g. Pearson Edexcel) and the International Baccalaureate program.
In this course there are three units but only two are available in Pakistan. In the first unit you will understand the concept and principles of External Quality Assurance. You will study its main functions, its role in Quality Assurance of assessment, and its requirement in Education and Training.
The second unit will explore how to plan, evaluate, maintain and manage information relevant to the external quality assurance of assessment. You will study how to produce a work plan for Quality Assurance Verification, show that you are able to allocate and agree responsibilities with team members, monitor the progress and quality of work and review and amend plans of Quality Assurance related activities and communicate changes to all persons involved.
The Level 4 External Quality Assurance course will also cover the importance of planning EQA activities to explain how to adapt, monitor, evaluate, and manage external processes to meet the UK requirements of quality assurance. You will also study the importance of providing feedback, support and advice to staff that is set within standardised requirements.
The Level 4 Awards and Certificate in External Quality Assurance of Assessment are available for all candidates who fulfill the following criteria set by the Awarding Organisations:
Age range: 19+
Core skills: (English, Maths) At least to A Levels standard.
Access to Internet using a laptop / pc / tablet using up to date Windows, Android or Apple operating systems.
Access to two independent educational centres for the purpose of conducting external quality assurance activities (for Unit 2 only).
- 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 Qualification in External Quality Assurance. During this interview you will discuss and agree:
- Optional units that are best suited to your skills, qualifications, experience, current/potential job, goals and interests
- Personal Development Plan / Individual Learning Log
- Skillscan to examine your current work-based evidence already being produced during your regular work activities
- Learning outcomes of all the compulsory and optional units you choose to match them with your existing work-based evidence
- Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Transfers and/or Exemptions that can be claimed, if any
- Proportional discounts if any Credit Transfers can be made!
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: Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Expertise
Work documents including:
1 x brief assignment, 1 x monitoring plans showing monitoring and standardisation of at least two other external verifiers, 1 x Review of the monitoring activities.
Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfill the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.