16 Jan, 2015

activematters | Access to assessment policy


We wish to ensure access and equal opportunities for our candidates while safeguarding the integrity of the qualification.

This will be done as follows:-

  1. At the initial assessment and before registering a candidate, any disability or issues that may affect the assessment will be discussed with the learner.
  2. Advice will be given as to the appropriate course for them, any difficulties with assessing that could lead to unit accreditation rather than the full award and any affect their disability has on future awards. The person giving advice will be trained for this and seek specialist advice if needed. There should be evidence, for example in the form of a specialist report as to the nature and extent of the effect on the candidate.
  3. Appropriate adjustment will be decided after discussion with the Curriculum Manager, the candidate, and if necessary the Awarding Body.
  4. Any adjustments agreed with the centre or with the Awarding Body must be kept to – if exceeded it could lead to malpractice investigations.
  5. A risk assessment will take place of the class room and the provision to assess if there is a risk to the candidate. If there is a risk to the candidate that will affect their safety on the course or the assessment results, this will be discussed with the centre, candidate and if necessary the Awarding Body.
  6. Careful consideration of the method of assessment will be made to be as responsive as possible to the needs of the candidate. If only a restricted number of methods can be used, the Awarding Body will be consulted.
  7. The assessments can be met in any way that is fair, consistent, sufficient, reliable  and valid.

          Thus for example:-

  • Mechanical or electronic aids may be used to demonstrate achievement as long as the aids are normally used by the candidate and are generally available.
  • Support may be given – for example scribe, reader, BSL
  • Evidence can be given in the format that suits the candidate

As long as:

  •  The evidence is assessable
  • The evidence provided meets all the criteria
  • The method does not give an unfair advantage
  • The evidence can be internally and externally quality assured
  • The evidence is acceptable to the Awarding Body
  • Robust systems for Internal Quality Assuring will be in place.

  8. In the case of temporary illness or disability a time extension will be discussed with the     Centre and the Awarding Body approached before the registration runs out.  Medical evidence of this will be taken and kept on record.

 9. Records will be kept of the adjustments decided, the evidence of the extent of the disability, the verifying process and any correspondence with the Awarding Body.