Quality assurance

Guide to BTEC Quality Assurance

Lead Internal Verifiers

It’s a regulatory requirement for centres to identify a single Lead Internal Verifier (Lead IV) for each BTEC (QCF) Principal Subject Area and each BTEC (NQF) programme being delivered. This person acts as the point of accountability for the quality assurance of these programmes. 

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As Lead IV, you are responsible for managing assessment and internal verification of units and qualifications. You will work with your Assessors and Internal Verifiers to agree an assessment and verification plan for all cohorts from the start of the programme. You're responsible for ensuring that it is fit for purpose and meets regulatory requirements before you sign it off. This means that you should be involved in the assessment and delivery, and have a good understanding of the units being assessed.

You'll train or standardise your Assessors and Internal Verifiers to ensure that they understand national standards. By sampling assessment and verification decisions, you'll ensure that activity is completed in line with your plan and that standards are applied consistently. You might only be completing the same amount of verification as other staff, but you need to ensure that you sample verification and assessment across all qualifications you’re responsible for.

If a learner is unhappy with their result for an assignment, you can approve a single resubmission to allow them to meet the assessment criteria targeted, providing:

  • the learner submitted the work on time (or had an agreed extension)
  • the tutor feels that the learner will be able to provide improved evidence without further guidance
  • the learner confirmed the work was their own (by signing and dating the declaration) and the assessor has authenticated the evidence.

The tasks completed by the Lead IV are slightly different depending on the framework you’re delivering, so please select the relevant tab(s) below for more information. If your centre is delivering qualifications on both frameworks, we recommend that the person who registers as Lead IV for the QCF Principal Subject Area also registers as the Lead IV for BTEC NQF programme in that sector.

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This tab provides information on registering as a Lead IV for BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First (NQF) programmes.

When you become a Lead IV, you will need to complete online training and let us know which programme you’re responsible for by confirming your details on our Online Support for Centre Assessors (OSCA) platform.

Before 30 September of each academic year, you’ll need to log into OSCA to re-register as Lead IV to confirm you’re still responsible for your programme and complete the latest version of the training.

Once registered, you need to work with your Assessors and Internal Verifiers to agree an assessment and verification plan for all cohorts from the start of the programme.

As Lead IV, you're responsible for ensuring that it is fit for purpose and meets regulatory requirements before you sign it off. If you're selected for standards verification, your Standards Verifier will ask to see these documents when planning your sample.

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Once you’re registered as Lead IV, you'll be able to access standardisation material, which you should use to train or standardise your Assessors and Internal Verifiers. The standardisation material will include:

  • assignments, assessed learner work, assessor and internal verifier comments
  • questions, with a blank answer form
  • Senior Standards Verifier (SSV) commentaries and answers.

To get the most from the materials, we suggest you:

  1. Print off the practice materials and make notes on how the work would be assessed at your centre, comparing the work to your own practice.
  2. Have a go at answering the questions, then compare your responses to those provided by the SSV. You can use the commentaries to help understand the rationale for the the SSV’s decisions/answers.
  3. Make notes on any implications for your centre’s assessment and quality assurance practice.
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