These statuses are awarded to centres that have demonstrated that they have satisfactory IQA
and administration procedures in place across samples of learner work. The main criteria that our
EQS Officers and Quality Assurance Auditors look for from our centres are as follow
- That the centre has robust administrative procedures in place and is able to register and
claim certificates for learners correctly. This includes timely registration of learners and
correct rules of combination/units being selected.
- The portfolio of evidence shows appropriate assessment methods have been chosen
and that the learner has met the criteria and any specific requirements set out within the
specification and associated assessment strategies. The portfolio shows evidence that is valid,
authentic, reliable, current and sufficient (VARCS). The evidence supplied is easy to follow and
locate within the portfolio of work e.g., a tracking sheet and appropriate naming conventions
are used within the work and on any folders sent electronically.
- That staff involved in the delivery, assessment and internal quality assurance of the
qualification are appropriately qualified, competent and knowledgeable in keeping with the
criteria set out within the qualification specification. These staff can also show that they take
part in continual professional development (CPD) activities.
- That internal quality assurance at the centre is appropriate. A sampling strategy and a
sampling plan has been created by the centre and is followed to ensure that the assessors are
supported and assessment decisions are safe and standardised across the team.
- Evidence that standardisation activity is in place within the centre and that this has taken
place for the specific qualification within the last 12 months. (Standardisation activity should
show that delivery, assessment and/or IQA activity for the qualification or units within the
qualification have been discussed to ensure a standardised approach and typically takes the
form of meeting minutes showing the date, attendees and the content).
- Assessors support learners appropriately through the qualification by providing positive and
developmental feedback throughout the duration of the qualification.
- IQA reports are available and show robust IQA practice with positive and developmental
feedback to the assessor. Any actions set by the IQA are completed.
Other specific criteria may apply to individual qualifications but you will be notified of these
upon approval for the qualification and upon contact by our EQS Team. Our EQS Coordinators
will send your centre an e-mail asking for learner work to be made available either for remote
or face to face review and will send a reminder of the information we need from you in order to
perform a review leading to the award of DCS or CMA.