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What preparations should an external authenticator do prior to the visit?

There are a number of things that an external authenticator should do in preparation for the external authentication visit, including:

Agree the terms and conditions for conducting external authentication with the provider

Confirm, with the provider, the availability of

  • Relevant validated programmes including programme modules
  • ALL relevant assessment instruments and appropriate supporting documentation (Assessment briefs, Examination papers, Marking schemes, Outline solutions, etc.)
  • Assessment plan(s)
  • ALL Learner assessment evidence
  • ALL Learner assessment results recorded on an authentication report (results sheet from QBS) by learner group by minor award
  • List of assessors per module and/or class group
  • Internal verification report(s)
  • The provider's sampling strategy which ensures the sample is sufficient in size; reflects the spread of grades including results that are borderline between the grades; includes evidence from each assessor and programme; reflects ALL centres
  • Appropriate equipment to moderate assessment evidence produced in a multi-media format, if required
  • Acquire knowledge of:

  • QQI award structures
  • QQI award standards
  • QQI assessment principles
  • QQI assessment techniques
  • QQI grading bands
  • Other relevant information