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TAQA: Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

The training, assessment and quality assurance units form part of the Learning and Development Qualifications and as a whole they are known as TAQA – Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

Some units can be used towards the teaching qualifications, however, rules of combination will apply regarding the credits and levels which can be used. Please scroll further down this page for more information regarding the units.

The red text book to the left covers all the content of the Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurance units and gives examples of evidence which could be used towards achievement. It can be bought from Amazon by clicking on the book picture.

Resources such as information leaflets, guidance, handouts, checklists and Power Points to support  the Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) Awards are available to purchase here.

You can purchase assessment, standardisation and IQA templates for use in your job role, see below. They are in Word so that you can adapt them as you wish. Completed examples are also available. Other resources for the qualification can be found here.

   

Assessment and IQA templates and completed examples
Templates – A full set of assessment records (in Word) (£3.00)
(AT001)
5 templates in Word (with instructions) for you to amend to suit your own requirements: 
Initial & diagnostic assessment, action plan, assessment plan and review record, feedback and action record, assessment tracking sheet. 
Completed examples are available to purchase below: Ref A9059 

Completed example of a full set of assessment records (£4.00)
(Ref A9059) 
5 completed examples of Initial & diagnostic assessment, action plan, assessment plan and review record, feedback and action record, assessment tracking sheet. 
A set of blank forms in Word is available to purchase as a template above: Ref AT001

Template - Standardisation Record for Assessed work (in Word) (50p)
(Ref AT002) 
2 page template in Word which can be used to document the standardisation of assessment decisions. A completed example is available to purchase below: Ref A9062

Completed example of a Standardisation Record for Assessed work (£1.50)
(Ref A9062)
2 page completed example of a standardisation record. A blank form in Word is available to purchase as a template above: Ref AT002

Templates – A full set of IQA Plans and Records (in Word) (£3.00) 
(Ref AT006)
7 templates in Word (with instructions) plus a sample agenda for a team meeting, for you to amend to suit your own requirements. Includes: Observation Plan, Meeting and standardisation plan, Sample plan and tracking sheet, Assessor delivery checklist, Assessor observation checklist, Learner discussion checklist, Internal quality assurance sample report, and an example Agenda which can be used for team meetings. (Completed examples are available to purchase below Ref I9016.) 

Completed examples of a full set of IQA Plans and Records (£4.00)
(Ref I9016)
7 pages of completed examples of: Observation Plan, Meeting and standardisation plan, Sample plan and tracking sheet, Assessor delivery checklist, Assessor observation checklist, Learner discussion checklist, Internal quality assurance sample report. (A set of blank forms in Word is available to purchase above Ref AT006.)
 

The text books below are appropriate for the Assessor and IQA units.

Resources to support the qualifications can be found on the resources website.

           



Assessor qualifications

The assessor qualifications contain three units at level 3, the first is knowledge based and the other two are performance based. As the first unit is purely knowledge based, it can be taken prior to, or at the same time as the performance unit. It is ideal for anyone wanting to know what it’s like to be an assessor but does not have anyone to assess. 

The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The first unit can be used towards achievement of the PTLLS and the Award in Education and Training.

1.    Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (3 credits). 

This is a knowledge based unit for new and existing assessors or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of assessment. You do not need to carry out any assessment activities with students to achieve this unit. This unit can be taken instead of the PTLLS/AWARD Assessment unit.

2.    Assess occupational competence in the work environment (6 credits). 

This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses in the work environment using methods such as observations, questions and examining products of work. This unit is also an optional unit in CTLLS/CETIFICATE and DTLLS/DIPLOMA (at level 3).
 
3.    Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (6 credits).

This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses using methods such as assignments, projects, simulations and tests. This unit is also available in the Certificate and Diploma (at level 3).

Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment; units 1 and 3 will lead to the Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.
 
If all three units are achieved this will lead to the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement - known as CAVA.


Resources such as information leaflets, guidance, handouts, checklists and Power Points to support the Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) Awards are available to purchase  here
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Internal quality assurance qualifications 

There are three units at level 4, the first is knowledge based and the other two are performance based. As the first unit is purely knowledge based, it can be taken prior to, or at the same time as the performance unit. It is ideal for anyone wanting to know what it’s like to be an internal quality assurer but does not yet have anything to quality assure.  The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value on the QCF.
 
1.    Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment (6 credits).

This is a knowledge based unit for new and existing internal quality assurers or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of internal quality assurance. You do not need to carry out any internal quality assurance activities with assessors to achieve this unit. This unit is also available as an optional unit in CTLLS and DTLLS (at level 4).

2.  Internally assure the quality of assessment (6 credits).

This is a performance unit for anyone who internally quality assures the work of assessors. For example, observing practice, sampling judgments and decisions, supporting and advising assessors. It can be achieved in any environment by internally quality assuring qualifications, programmes of learning or workplace competence. This unit is also available as an optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma (at level 4).

3.  Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility (5 credits).

This is a performance unit for anyone who leads the internal quality assurance process within an organisation. The role will include having a responsibility for managing the quality and performance of assessors and/or other internal quality assurers. Developing systems and liaising with external inspectors might also be part of this role.

Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in Internally assuring the quality of assessment; Units 1, 2 and 3 will lead to the Certificate in leading the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice.

Resources such as information leaflets, guidance, handouts, checklists and Power Points to support  the Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) Awards are available to purchase here.

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