Education Iqa

City & Guilds Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)
UNIT 401

      1.1. Explain the functions of internal quality assurance in learning and development.
IQA activity takes place to make sure that all standards are met. It is a chain of assessing. Firstly, the candidate will complete their work, for instance a set of questions to meet the criteria and fulfil the learning outcomes. I will assess the work of the learner and provide robust and developmental feedback as my role as a distance learning tutor. I will need to comply with the standards including the awarding body requirements and what is discussed and decided through standardisation to ensure I am marking to the correct standards. As internal moderator, I would check the work of the tutor and the learner just like my moderator does me. I will need to check that the evidence presented meets the criteria and knowledge requirements indicated, that the work of the candidate is sufficient and authentic and the assessment decision is made clearly within the feedback form used as well as the feedback of the tutor been appropriate.
There are different IQA activities that could take place such as portfolio sampling and in addition, assessor observation and candidate discussion.
Portfolio Sampling – I looked at the IQA Sampling Strategy from the ILM revised May, 2014. “Sampling should ensure it is covering all stages of the learner’s journey. The first sampling takes place at the formative stages of the programme to monitor assessment planning.” [1]
As an IQA, I would be responsible to create or work in line with a sampling plan. I would use this plan to then moderate the work of the tutor. A plan been prepared in advance avoids and prevents prejudice or favouritism of the IQA to the tutor. For instance, without a sampling plan I could easily select the work which I feel is of most or least quality depending if I am in favour or against...