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Course Code: NPCED021/1

Course Level: Level 4

Study Mode: Part-Time

Course Type: Adults

Course overview

This qualification equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to lead internal quality assurance activities effectively. Participants learn to evaluate assessment processes, provide feedback to assessors, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards.

This qualification is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of internal quality assurance without any requirement to practice. Studying this course, you will develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable learners to perform the role of an internal quality assurer.

This is a knowledge-only award for those who are starting their journey as an internal quality assurer, or for those who need to know about assessment practice but who are not currently practicing e.g. a starting point for aspiring internal verifiers or a professional development qualification for managers, HR or quality assurance personnel.

The course consists of three units:

Unit 401 is a knowledge only unit assessed by a written assignment and professional discussion. In addition you will be expected to attend theory days where you will gain the knowledge required. Theory days will be run at various times during the year. 

Unit 402 and 403 will be conducted on a 1-1 basis and will vary according to your work role. In order to achieve this certificate you must lead the internal quality assurance processes within your department.

All applicants must hold a minimum Level 3 subject specific qualification relevant to the area they are Internally quality assuring. Also required is an assessor qualification such as TAQA Level 3 Certificate or V1. You must also demonstrate that you are working at L2 in literacy. In addition you must have access to at least two assessors and have a proven track record of assessing and quality assurance. Finally you will need a qualified Lead IQA to support you during the course.

Attending theory sessions is mandatory. After that for up to 15 weeks, assessments will be through observations and tutorials.

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After successful completion of the course students will become a qualified internal quality assurance assessor and can continue with their current employer or alternatively they can choose to pursue further study at the College.

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan or Higher Education Loan to help with the costs of your course if you are 19 or older and the course you are studying is an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course. 

If you have any queries with regards to the funding of your course, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

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Please note that theory days run subject to minimum viable class sizes at either Newcastle or Stafford campus. Please note there may be additional costs for books, materials or other expenses.