Internal verification is an essential part of a centre’s quality assurance system and centres must have a robust internal verification process in place to meet Agored Cymru and regulatory requirements. Agored Cymru reserves the right to suspend or withdraw any programme, sector and/or unit/qualification if inadequate internal verification arrangements are identified in line with regulatory arrangements. Internal verification is:
- a process which seeks to ensure that all learners are assessed accurately, fairly and consistently to the required standard;
- a continuous review of all related processes from course development to the application/recommendation for the award of credit(s)/qualification(s);
- a means of promoting good practice;
- a means of protecting standards.
Internal verifiers must have:
- good knowledge and understanding of Agored Cymru units and qualifications in the chosen sector(s);
- good knowledge and understanding of Agored Cymru assessment requirements;
- good knowledge and understanding of Agored Cymru’s internal verification requirements.
Internal verifiers must be familiar with the level of the unit(s)/qualification(s) being delivered and must have subject specific knowledge and/or experience of the course being internally verified. Internal verifiers do not currently need to hold an internal verification qualification to internally verify Agored Cymru units and/or qualifications, unless stated in the qualification guide or unit criteria. However, Agored Cymru strongly recommends that internal verifiers work towards formal accreditation.
Internal verification process
The internal verification process at centres must include as a minimum:
- a planned process for internal verification that incorporates all of a centre’s Agored Cymru and/or NOCN provision;
- pre-delivery review of units/qualifications to ensure they are currently approved by Agored Cymru and are fit for purpose;
- pre-delivery internal verification of assessment materials, tasks and assessment methods;
- a clear sampling plan and strategy;
- formative (mid-course) internal verification of assessment decisions;
- internal verification of practical activities;
- summative (end-of-course) internal verification of assessment decisions;
- records that all required actions from internal verification have been completed;
- records of all stages of the internal verification process;
- standardisation of assessed work;
- regular evaluation of the internal verification process.
Guide to Internal Verification
Agored Cymru has developed a ‘Guide to Internal Verification’ that incorporates all the key stages of the internal verification process and includes examples of recording systems that can be customised to meet centres’ needs.
Frequently asked questions
- Why is internal verification important?
- What happens if a centre has not internally verified when external verification takes place?
- Can internal verifiers internally verify their own work?
- Can a centre rely on one internal verifier?
- Do internal verifiers need to hold a recognised internal verification qualification to internally verify Agored Cymru units and qualifications?
- Do assessment materials, tasks and methods need to be internally verified before they are given to learners?
- Why do centres need to internally verify learners’ achievements part-way through the course?
- Do centres need to internally verify 100% of learners’ achievements?
- Do centres need to have a documented internal verification policy and/or procedure?
- Do centres need to record the internal verification that takes place?
- Does Agored Cymru have exemplars that can be used to record the internal verification that takes place?
- Are there any Agored Cymru training events that centre staff can attend to become internal verifiers?
- How can centres learn more about internal verification?