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Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

This course is a quality assurance qualification which is apart of an integrated suite of TAQA qualifications for Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance Practitioners. This qualification is suited to those that are working in or seeking to take roles in internal quality assurance.This qualification  can be used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This qualification will provide those who carry out internal quality assurance roles in their organisations with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as achieving a professional qualification. To do this qualification you do not need to be working in accredited learning as it is available for those in non-accredited learning (people who assess but not for a qualification), the NQF and the QCF.

Assessment methods:

Summary of assessment methods

For the unit where competence is being assessed methods will include:

observation                 of performance in thework environment by an assessor orwitness

examining products of the learner’s own work

questioning the learner

discussions     with     the learner

use of others (witness testimony)

looking       at       learner statements

recognition     of     prior learning


For the units where knowledge and skills in vocationally related subject areas are being assessed methods will also include:

oral and written questions



case studies

recognition of prior learning

evidence for practical activities

To achieve the certificate all of the following units must be successfully completed to meet the credit value of 17 (descriptions taken from the City and Guilds candidate logbook):

Unit 401:Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally  Assuring the Quality of  Assessment (6 credits)

This unit is aimed at experienced assessors,center managers or quality assurance personnel. It is a knowledge only unit which covers internal quality assurance.

Unit 402: Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment (6 credits)

This unit is aimed at practitioners who conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process within their organisation. It covers planning, monitoring and advising on the practice of assessors.

Unit 403 Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility (5 credits)

This unit is for practitioners who lead the internal quality assurance process within an organisation and have the responsibility for managing the quality of the assessment process, practice and the performance of assessors.

Grading for each unit: All Units are graded passor refer.                                                     

Price: £350 per unit

Admissions policy

London School of Academics is committed to ensuring a fair process is operated when recruiting and selecting candidates for the qualifications we offer. To achieve a fair process, the college works in accordance to the UK Quality Code (Part B: Expectation B2). The following sets out the stages of the college admissions process.

Stage One: Initial Contact

All candidates interested in studying the programmes are required to call the office to indicate their interest in studying the programmes. Where they are interested in applying for the programme of study they will be required to answer questions relating to their chosen programme mainly their interest for doing the programme and applicable entry requirements.

Following a successful phone conversation, the admissions team will inform the candidate of the next available Open day where the candidate can visit the college. In the event that the candidate wants to formally apply for the programme of study they will be required to sit a meeting with a member of the admissions team and complete an enrolment form.  Candidates must bring in applicable evidence and a form of ID which can be either a passport or driving licence. Candidates that require special arrangements when they attend the Open day should inform the admissions team personnel before visiting the college.

Stage Two: Open Day

The second stage of the admissions process involves candidates attending an Open day where they can be given a tour of the college campus. They will be informed of the college mission, programme of study details including duration, unit break down, entry requirements, support available and environment. In addition, they will meet the teaching team, alumni and current learners where available. At the Open day as mentioned in Stage One, a candidate can choose to apply for the programme of study. This will involve a face to face meeting and the completion of an enrolment form. All documents presented and ID will be checked.

Stage Three: Review

Following application for the programme of study the admissions team will consider all candidates by reviewing all enrolment forms and the feedback from meetings with the admissions team. The selection of candidates for entry onto the course of study will be based on entry requirements as well as merit, ability and potential which is measured by academic achievements, commitment and attitude. This stage could take up to a maximum of three weeks depending on the volume of candidates making applications. Candidate applications are also considered in line with the Fitness to Practise Procedure under the Policies and Information tab of the college website.

Stage Four: Feedback

The fourth stage involves the admissions team communicating the outcome of the third stage to each candidate. Candidates will be informed of whether they have been accepted on a conditional or unconditional offer or refused entry onto the programme of study as unsuccessful. Candidates will receive the college`s decision through a phone call and email, where necessary a letter.

Accepted candidates

Where a candidate is accepted onto the programme of study they will be given an unconditional or conditional offer.

Unconditional offer: this results in the candidate being accepted without any conditions to fulfil. They will be booked to attend their Final Admissions Meeting and Fee completion. If information requested is not provided during the initial stages, then an opportunity is given to provide the information/evidence at the Final Admissions Meeting.

Conditional Offer: Candidates who are not successful, however are still potential are given a conditional offer, they will be advised on how to meet the criteria to be successful. 

Refused Candidates:

Unsuccessful candidates not meeting the criteria will be notified by the admissions team. Where a candidate is refused entry onto the programme of study they will be informed of the reasons for refusal and are entitled to make an application for entry for the next intake.

Stage Five: Final Admissions Meeting and Fees Completion

Candidates accepted onto the programme of study will be invited to a meeting with the admissions team to present any outstanding documentation and fee for the programme of study. Registration involves the payment of the fee of the programme in full (card payment of full amount) unless a payment plan has been agreed. Following registration, the college will keep the candidate updated with information regarding the start of the programme of study and induction day.

Candidates must note that in the event false documentation, information (including inaccurate information) are presented and/or there are concerns in relation to the Fitness to Practice Procedure the Director of the college reserves the right to retract the offer of entry onto the programme of study and where fees have been paid this would be non-refundable.

All documentation and data collected will be kept in accordance to the Data Protection Act 1998. The college must see originals and keep copies of the following:

  • Original certificates (these will be photo copied)
  • Passport (this will be photo copied)
  • Driving licence (this will be photo copied)

Appeal procedure

In the event a candidate is refused acceptance on the programme of study they can appeal the decision on the grounds that documentation was not properly considered, the meeting was appropriately conducted and circumstances have changed (including the meeting of entry requirements). The following details the procedure for an appeal.

1.      The candidate must within seven days from the decision communicated to them put in writing their intention to appeal a decision including the relevant grounds with any evidence to support and email it to the Director of the College at

2.      The Director will consider the appeal with the admissions team reviewing the grounds and evidence within seven working days.

3.      A written response will be provided to the candidate appealing through email. The Director of the College decision is final.

Complaint procedure

In the event a candidate wants to make a complaint about the admissions process they must in written communication (email) state the grounds of the complaint and the resolution sought. Complaints will only be considered if made within seven days from the cause of concern. The complaint must be emailed to the Director of the College at

Once the complaint has been received the College Director will investigate the grounds of the complaint within 10 working days and appropriate action will be taken to resolve the issue. A resolution to the complaint will be communicated to the candidate through email within 10 working days from when the complaint was received. The resolution decision reached by the Director of the College is final.

Induction process

To ensure the transition from candidate to learner all those registered on the programme of study must attend an induction day/meeting dependant on course of study. If a candidate fails to attend an induction day/meeting their registration will be cancelled and they will lose their place on the programme unless a valid reason is given with attendance of an alternative induction day/meeting.

On the induction day/meeting learners will be informed of policies, the college`s procedures, expectations from the college and what learners can expect from the college. Learners will meet the teaching team and their peers.

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