Could you advise, please, what are the new developments regarding the A1/V1 awards under QCF?
Nicola Price, Bishop Burton College
LLUK has been developing and consulting on changes to the assessor/verifier awards in preparation for QCF. A1 and A2 will be replaced.
There will be a knowledge-based unit “Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment” and, for NVQ assessors a unit covering the practical competence of assessors “Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment.” To gain the Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment, and to be qualified to assess NVQ qualifications under QCF, assessors would need to gain both of these units.
There are similar developments for internal verifiers. V1 will be replaced by.
There will be a knowledge based unit “Understanding the Principes and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment” and two units covering the practical competence of internal verifiers “Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment” and “Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility.”
Full details of the content of the units and the assessment strategy can be found at the LLUK website
Do you now when these changes will come into effect?
We’ve been informed that registrations for the present A & V awards will close from the end of July. After 31st July, all new registrations for assessors and verifiers will be for the new units. Candidates registered for the A/V units will have 18 months in which to complete their awards.
Will existing assessors and IVs who hold A, V or D units have to re-qualify with the new qualifications?
No, Ofqual has stated that this won’t be necessary. However, in just the same way that holders of D units had to provide evidence of “updating” to show they understand the requirements of the A1 and V1 units, holders of A, V and D awards will be expected to be aware of and operate in accordance with the new qualifications.
Will we have to reapply to deliver the new qualifications hat replace A1 and V1?
No, Edexcel will automatically give centres approved to deliver A1 and V1 the necessary approval to deliver the new qualifications, providing, of course, there are no sanctions against the qualification preventing that.