Lead IQA course Structure

Our Level 4 Lead IQA course consists of three units which cover theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

This course covers a range of topics to teach you the theory and practical skills needed to gain your certification.

We will help you build the confidence to plan and manage the internal quality assurance process in your workplace.

The three units of the Lead IQA course cover:

  • Planning and monitoring IQA activities
  • Carrying out IQA monitoring activities
  • Determining whether assessment methods are safe, fair, valid and reliable
  • Providing assessors and IQAs with feedback, advice and support
  • Standardising assessments with assessors and IQAs

Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment

The first unit will cover the theory you need to effectively carry out any internal quality assurance process or task. We will also cover a range of topics to help you in the practical part of this course.

Unit two: Internally assure the quality of assessment

This unit will take you through a range of practical skills that can be applied in the internal quality assurance process. You will be required to plan and participate in internal quality assurance processes. To successfully complete this unit, your tutor will guide you through the necessary requirements for assessment.

Unit three: Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility

This final unit is where you actively plan and manage the whole IQA process with your own IQAs at your workplace. You will monitor IQA performance, decision making and sampling – as well as organising standardisation activities and CPD events.

If you’re unsure if you need to take all three of these units for your desired IQA role, learn more about IQA qualifications here.

Level 4 Lead IQA Course Outcomes

All candidates who complete the Level 4 Lead IQA Course successfully are awarded the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF) by City & Guilds.

By earning this award you will need to display confidence and the ability to manage quality assurance in the workplace.

This Level 4 Lead IQA course will give you the ability to:

  • Create an internal quality assurance plan for your workplace
  • Evaluate different techniques for sampling evidence of IQA work
  • Organise standardisation activities with IQAs
  • Understand best practice requirements for the management of internal quality assurance
  • Reflective practice and continuing professional development (CPD) with internal quality assurance

Who is this Lead IQA course for?

This IQA course is perfect if you currently work as or want to start working as a lead qualified internal verifier or lead internal quality assurer.

This includes all sectors where the assessment of accredited learning and non-accredited learning is taking place.

What are the entry requirements?

While there are no formal entry requirements for this course, we recommend that you have experience or qualifications in your chosen subject area.

For the practical part of the course, you will need access to both assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (two of each). These assessors and Internal Quality Assurers don’t have to be qualified. They can be sourced from your workplace, voluntary organisation or community setting.

How is the Level 4 Lead IQA course assessed?

There are two ways in which you will be assessed on this course:

  1. The theory section is assessed via some straightforward written questions, which you can complete in your own time.
  2. For the practical sections, you will plan and carry out IQA activities with at least two assessors and leadership activities with two IQAs. Your tutor will guide you through this.

There is no exam involved.

How long will this course take me to finish?

You can study at your own pace and at times to suit you. The time taken to finish varies a lot between people, but most of our candidates need to devote the equivalent of 7 or 8 working days in total to complete. However, you have up to 6 months to finish the course.