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 Highland

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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

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