Conduct the Internal Verification Process PDA

Course code 92X2

What is special about this course?

This award is relevant to teachers, lecturers and tutors who may have a role in quality-assuring the delivery of a range of qualifications that are assessed in a non-workplace context and in ensuring consistency of assessment decisions made within their delivering centre.

The PDA provides a benchmark standard for anyone in a school, college or training provision, who is internally verifying a range of qualifications, for example: the new National Qualifications (NQs) awards; Skills for Work (SfW) courses; National Progression awards (NPAs); Higher National (HN) units or awards; customised awards; First Aid; PC Passport; or assessed units in a classroom environment.

Special features

  • You will gain this unit by providing evidence of your competence as a practising internal verifier. This evidence can be generated by verifying evidence that has been assessed in a non-workplace assessment context
  • The PDA is not relevant for internally verifying qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) where assessment is carried out in the workplace of the person being assessed
  • It is important that the assessment on which your verification activities are based has a real purpose for the learner (e.g. to gain recognition and/or a qualification) and is not contrived simply for the purpose of gathering your own evidence, as a verifier-candidate, to meet the requirements of the unit

Entry requirements

  • You should have a good understanding of internal quality assurance and how it relates to the assessment cycle
  • You should be occupationally competent in the area you are verifying
  • You are required to have at least two years' relevant work place experience and hold a relevant occupational background with supervisory/ management skills

Year 1 - PDA

This Unit is for verifier-candidates who are internally verifying the assessment processes and practice in a classroom or other off-job training environments, such as training centres and workshops.

Tasks will involve:

  • Preparing to internally verify the assessment process
  • Arranging and conducting internal verification of the assessment process
  • Reviewing and standardising assessment practices and procedures

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • The PDA is work-based with some self-study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 18 months maximum

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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