The NCFE Level 4 Qualifications for Internal Quality Assurance Staff have been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland1, and are part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). These qualifications are eligible for funding under the Learning and Skills Act 2000 under Section 97. For further guidance on funding, please contact your local funding provider.

Aims and Objectives of the Qualifications

NCFE Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • This qualification is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of internal quality assurance without any requirement to practice.
    NCFE Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • This qualification is intended for those who maintain the quality of assessment from within an organisation or assessment centre.
    NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • This qualification is intended for those who lead a team of internal quality assurance staff.


Entry Guidance

These qualifications are designed for learners aged 19 and above. There aren't any specific recommended prior learning requirements for these qualifications; however learners might find it helpful if they've already achieved a Level 3 qualification. Centres are responsible for ensuring that these qualifications are appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the assessment criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of these qualifications. Learners registered on these qualifications shouldn't undertake another qualification at the same level with the same, or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding levels.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve these qualifications could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 4 Award in Understanding the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • NCFE Level 4 Award in Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Leading the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice


Achieving the qualifications

These qualifications consist of a mixture of 3 units:

  • Unit 01 Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
  • Unit 02 Internally assure the quality of assessment
  • Unit 03 Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility


Credit Transfer

One of the benefits of the QCF is that learners can transfer credit from one qualification to another. Learners who've already achieved one or more of the units included in these qualifications elsewhere can transfer the credit already achieved. Simply let us know which units are being achieved by credit transfer on the Certificate Claim Form.

How are they Assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?

No, as these are knowledge only qualification.

How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete this in a year or less.

Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?

This qualification do not qualify you to work but do provide a starting point for deciding whether a career in the sector is right for you.

Qualification Reference Number

501/0887/6