February 26, 2020

How much work is it to get the Level 4 IQA award?

Internal Quality Assurance Award
Yup, you’ll need to work but not as much as you might think

If you are thinking of going for the ‘Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice’ (the qualification that qualifies you to carry out internally quality assurance activities independently) you’ll definitely need to do some work.  Being an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) is an important role as you’ll be responsible for the checking and sampling of assessors’ work, and this is vital to ensure that your organisation maintains standards.

120 hours?

Officially speaking this City & Guilds qualification has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 120 hours, which the typical time estimated that you would need to devote to this to finish, including both the course and the work that you’ll need to finish afterwards.  In fact most people don’t need to spend as much time as this to complete. Most of the things that you’ll need to do after the course to compile and submit evidence are the sort of things that will be going on in your workplace/college/training centre anyhow. As a result, a lot of what you will have to do involves recording and documenting what you are already doing, or what is already happening at work rather than swotting up or poring over textbooks for ages.

Two units needed

In order to complete the course and qualify you’ll have to pass two separate Units:

Unit 1 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment

First of all you’ll need to understand the theory behind IQA and this unit covers all the theory and background knowledge, best practice and principles of Internal Quality Assurance.  Therefore it’s an essential unit for anybody involved with quality assurance.

Unit 2 Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment

Likewise you’ll need practical skills and this is the practical unit in which you will actually get involved with quality assurance activities where you work – sampling assessments, planning standardisation and supporting assessors etc.

To get you through these two units, the course is two days of intense work, either at one of our training centres or your company. Our instructors first take you through everything that you need to do to fully complete the Unit 1, then when you’ve got this theory part under your belt we prepare you so that you are ready to go and get cracking on Unit 2.  Since most of Unit 2 takes place at your regular workplace you’ll get advice, support and guidance from us to get you going and keep you on track. 

What you need to do for Unit 2

The sort of things you’ll be doing to finish your Unit 2 include:

Devise an IQA plan
Plan and carry out monitoring of assessments
Evaluate assessors
Check that assessments are fair, valid and reliable
Compare different assessors’ work
Give feedback to assessors

Remember that with this qualification, unlike the Assessor qualifications, there’s no division between people working assessed-on-the-job qualifications where candidates are assessed while working and in-the-learning-environment courses where the assessments take place in a classroom, training session or simulated situation.  Hence this IQA qualification (Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice) in some ways more straightforward.

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