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Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)

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Focus Awards Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)
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Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (IQA) refers to a systematic and structured approach within educational and training organisations to ensure the quality and consistency of assessment procedures and outcomes. IQA plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving the standards of assessment within various educational settings, such as schools, colleges, vocational training centres, and workplaces.

Are you seeking to enhance your expertise in ensuring the quality of assessment processes and practices? The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices course is the solution to this educational challenge. This Ofqual-regulated course, awarded by Focus, elevates your educational profile, providing you with the skills to maintain assessment quality standards.

Discover how to assess and assure the quality of assessments while gaining a deeper understanding of assessment principles and practices. By completing this course, you'll not only improve your professional knowledge but also open doors to various career opportunities in the education and training sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate assessment quality principles and practices effectively.
  • Demonstrate competence in internal quality assurance processes.
  • Create comprehensive assessment plans and checklists.
  • Apply observation techniques for quality assurance in assessments.
  • Successfully submit and resubmit course assignments.

Why Choose Focus Awards?

Choosing Focus Awards for your educational and training programs offers several key advantages. As an Ofqual-governed accrediting body, their qualifications enjoy wide recognition, both nationally and internationally, ensuring you're held to the highest educational standards. Focus Awards' commitment to professionalism, rapid growth, and diverse qualification offerings makes them a dynamic choice for a relevant and exceptional learning experience. Opting for Focus Awards elevates your career prospects, personal development, and educational achievements.

Benefits you will gain

Benefits you will enjoy include:

  • High-quality virtual learning materials.
  • 24/7 module access.
  • User-friendly online platform.
  • Compliance with standards.
  • Recognised qualification.
  • Exceptional customer service.


Focus Awards Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF)

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Elevate your skills with our Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF). This comprehensive course equips you with the knowledge and tools to understand, evaluate, and assure the quality of assessment processes. Delve into the principles and practices of internal quality assurance, create assessment plans, and learn observation techniques to enhance assessment quality.

This course empowers you to excel in the field of assessment quality. Our carefully designed curriculum includes self-assessment grids, guidance, checklists, and real-world examples, ensuring you develop the necessary skills and confidence to excel in your role as an internal quality assurance.

Guided Learning Hours

The Guided Learning Hours for this qualification amount to a total of 90 hours. These hours encompass all instances of learner support, including contact time, guidance, supervision, and instruction provided by qualified educators, trainers, or relevant education and training professionals.

Total Qualification Time

The Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 120 hours, encompassing both Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and an estimation of the hours a learner is expected to dedicate to self-directed activities, including preparation, study, and assessment, without direct supervision from a lecturer, supervisor, or tutor.

Method of Assessment

  • Candidates engage in learner observation and subsequently create IQA reports based on assessor feedback.
  • Candidates are required to submit written assignments, complete with appropriate references, through an online portal.
  • The grading system employs a Pass/Fail approach, contingent upon the fulfilment of all learning objectives.
  • Submissions include learner assessments, two assessor reports, and the candidate's IQA report.
  • Assessors evaluate the candidate's grasp and application of IQA principles.
  • Assignments are assessed based on the application of IQA concepts and the inclusion of reference citations.


Upon successful completion of a Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) course, learners can advance their expertise by pursuing further education and qualifications in the education and quality assurance field. Here's a list of potential courses and qualifications for consideration:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET): Enables individuals to qualify as educators in the further education and training sector.
  • Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management: Develops leadership and management skills tailored for the education sector.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Education and Training Pathway): Offers specialised training in delivery, assessment, and quality assurance.
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA): Focuses on assessing vocational qualifications.
  • Level 4 Award in Understanding External Quality Assurance: Preps individuals for roles in external quality assurance.
  • Level 5 Certificate in Education and Training (In-Service Route): Designed for experienced educators seeking specialised routes.
  • Master's Degree in Education or Quality Assurance: Offers advanced educational and research opportunities.
  • Specialised Short Courses: Targeted workshops addressing specific areas within education.
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD): Ongoing learning through participation in workshops and conferences.
  • Professional Memberships and Certifications: Opportunities to join relevant organisations and obtain certifications.

Qualification Purpose

The main goal of the Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices (RQF) is to confirm competence in a specific occupational role in accordance with relevant standards. This qualification is designed for individuals who are entrusted with the duty of maintaining and improving the quality of assessments within an organization or assessment center.

Who is this course for?

  • Education professionals aspiring to enhance assessment quality.
  • Assessors looking to improve their internal quality assurance skills.
  • Individuals pursuing a career in assessment and quality assurance.
  • Those seeking to comply with UK Government regulations in education.


This qualification is open to all learners aged 16 and above, including those aged 19 and older, and it does not have any mandatory prerequisites. While it doesn't require specific educational backgrounds, some learners may have completed at least high school or possess Level 3 qualifications in AET (Assessing and Evaluating Training) and CAVA (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement).

Career path

  • Internal Quality Assurer: £24,000 - £35,000 per year
  • Education Consultant: £30,000 - £50,000 per year
  • Training Manager: £30,000 - £45,000 per year
  • Curriculum Developer: £25,000 - £40,000 per year
  • Further Education Lecturer: £25,000 - £40,000 per year
  • Quality Assurance Manager: £30,000 - £50,000 per year

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body's logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.