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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 awarding organisations use the term TAQA to denote the assessment units, however, the assessment units are just part of a full suite of qualifications.

Some assessment and quality assurance 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 different assessment and quality assurance units.


The red text book to the left covers all the content of the Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurance units. It can be bought from Amazon in hard copy or electronic copy by clicking on the book picture.

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


You can purchase guidance to help you complete the units, after each section below, as well as assessment, standardisation and IQA templates at the end of this page.



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

           



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. The first unit can be used towards achievement of 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 Award in Education and Training 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 a level 3 optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training.
 
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 a level 3 optional unit in the Certificate and Diploma in Education and Training.

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


You can purchase guidance to help you complete the units below. Assessment, standardisation and IQA templates are available at the end of this page.

Other resources such as
information leaflets, handouts, checklists
and Power Points are available to purchase here.


Just click on the 'Buy Now' button to purchase.  Once you checkout, you will receive a link to download the item/s. T & Cs apply (opens in a new window).

Assessment unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

12 pages (approx 3000 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Understanding the principles and practices of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.

Assessment unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Assess occupational competence in the work environment.

Assessment unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the unit
Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.


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

You can purchase guidance to help you complete the units below. Assessment, standardisation and IQA templates are available at the end of this page.


Other resources such as information leaflets, handouts, checklists and Power Points are available to purchase here.
  



Just click on the 'Buy Now' button to purchase.  Once you checkout, you will receive a link to download the item/s. T & Cs apply (opens in a new window).

IQA unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

8 pages (approx 1600 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.

IQA unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Internally assure the quality of assessment.

IQA unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

5 pages listing example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility.


External 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 external quality assurer. The units can be achieved in any order and each has a credit value.

 

1.   Understanding the principles and practices of externally assuring the quality of assessment (6 credits)

This is a knowledge-based unit for new and existing external quality assurers or anyone who wishes to know about the theory of external quality assurance. You do not need to carry out any external quality assurance activities to achieve this unit.
 

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

This is a performance unit for anyone who externally quality assures the work of assessors and internal quality assurers. For example, observing their practice, sampling their  judgements and decisions, giving support and advice. It can only be achieved by practising external quality assurers who are working for an awarding organisation.

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

This unit has the same content as the one which can be taken by internal quality assurers. It is a performance unit for anyone who manages and leads the external quality assurance process within an awarding organisation, for example, co-ordinating the work of other external quality assurers. Developing systems, policies, and liaising with awarding organisation personnel might also be part of this role.

 
Units 1 and 2 will lead to the Award in External quality assurance of assessment processes and practices; Units 1, 2 and 3 will lead to the Certificate in leading the external quality assurance of assessment.

You can purchase guidance to help you complete the units below. Assessment, standardisation and IQA templates are available at the end of this page.

Other resources such as information leaflets, handouts, checklists and Power Points are available to purchase here.  


Just click on the 'Buy Now' button to purchase.  Once you checkout, you will receive a link to download the item/s. T & Cs apply (opens in a new window).

EQA unit one - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

10 pages (approx 1850 words) giving example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Understanding the principles and practices of externally assuring the quality of assessment. Please note this is a guide only and is not to be used for any formal assignment submission.

EQA unit two - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)
 
7 pages listing example evidence which could be produced to meet the assessment criteria for the unit
Externally assure the quality of assessment.

EQA unit three - Guidance for completing the unit (£4.50)

5 pages listing example statements to meet the assessment criteria for the unit Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility.


Assessment & IQA templates and completed examples
These documents are also included in the resources packages. 

Just click on the 'Buy Now' button and then 'continue shopping' if you wish to purchase more items.  Once you checkout, you will receive a link to download the items.
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.)
 

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