Edexcel Ireland Coursework

Responsible for driving standards through, ensuring the consistent application of unit requirements across all programmes and levels within the Principal Subject Area (PSA) and for consistent exemplification and interpretation of standards to ensure effective assessment. 

Purpose of the role

Be responsible for:

1. Driving standards through ensuring the consistent application of unit requirements across all programmes and levels within the Principal Subject Area (PSA)
2. Consistent exemplification and interpretation of standards to ensure effective assessment through a wide range of activities, including: authoritative advice; exemplar materials; training and guidance.

Key accountabilities

For a defined PSA, the Principal Standards Verifier will:

  • Direct the sampling of assessment and internal verification decisions across the range of programmes that comprise the PSA in order to affirm that national standards are maintained
  • Have overall subject specific responsibility for assessment advice and standards interpretation across all qualifications at all levels
  • Identify and escalate issues of adverse standards interpretation
  • Provide authoritative advice for the range of qualifications
  • Act as a principal point of contact with Edexcel for the PSA
  • Manage and monitor the Senior Standards Verifier(s)
  • Define the format and agree the content of training for the sectors
  • Sign off subject specific content for centre or Subject Verifiers (SV) training
  • Oversee the delivery of training and standardisation of SVs
  • Monitor the production and operation of standardisation materials for centre assessors, internal verifiers and lead internal verifiers as requested
  • Sign off all standardisation materials for centre assessors, internal verifiers and lead internal verifiers
  • Produce an overall end of year centre report within Edexcel defined criteria
  • Report back to Edexcel within agreed service-level agreements
  • Contribute to any sector specific regulatory requirements as required
  • Represent BTEC Assessment or Edexcel as required
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the work of BTEC Assessment in relation to this role.

Person specification

Previous Work Experience:

EssentialDesirable
  • Substantial recent experience in verification of BTECs within the sector
  • Have worked in a supervisory or managerial capacity
  • Substantial experience in delivering and assessing vocational qualifications with demonstrable experience of a wide range of assessment methodologies
  • Multi-level experience across a range of qualifications within the sector
  • Have demonstrable evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the field of assessment and delivery of vocational qualifications
  • Experience across all levels (Entry to Level 7) of BTEC programmes
  • Experience of delivering or participating in online training and standardisation
     

Skills and knowledge

EssentialDesirable
  • A clear understanding of the educational landscape and regulatory requirements for qualifications within the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)
  • A detailed knowledge of assessment validity and reliability
  • Detailed knowledge of various QA processes and strategies that underpin assessment and delivery
  • Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills
  • Team leading skills
  • Ability to understand the implications of decisions taken on Edexcel’s behalf and not to operate outside the sphere of responsibility defined within this job description
  • Experience across all levels (Entry to Level 7) of BTEC programmes
  • Experience of delivering or participating in online training and standardisation

This role cannot be undertaken as an additional role by any associate contracted as a Principal Quality Reviewer or Centre Quality Reviewer.

Requirements

Any associate undertaking this role must:

  • Have personal IT equipment capable of running Edexcel required software
  • Have a suitable internet connection
  • Have a personal and secure email account
  • Have a postal address in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland
  • Declare any conflicts of interest that could impact on the role
  • Availability of 10 to 30 days, dependent upon the requirements and workload for the sector, in any given year
  • Abide by the terms of conditions as stated in the contract for work

Fees

A Principal Standards Verifier will receive £235 per day, based on a contract for a set number of days.

Linear entry codes

The new AS and A level History specification are linear – this means that, after years of modular exams, you will now need to get used to a new (or old) way of making exam entries.

With linear qualifications, students will not be directly entered for each paper they sit. The entries are only made at subject level, so students that sit the new A level examinations next summer will only need to be entered for their specific route through the overall qualification.

New AS entry codes

Students being entered for the new AS History qualification in Summer 2017 will need to be entered for the subject code 8HI0 followed by the single letter of the specific route they are studying.

For example, a student following Route F would be entered for 8HI0 F

This will ensure students receive the AS Paper 1 and 2 for Route F.

New A level entry codes

Students being entered for the new A level History qualification in Summer 2017 will need to be entered for the subject code 9HI0 followed by a double digit entry code which corresponds to the letter of their route (eg F) and their Paper 3 option (eg 6 for option 36.1).

For example, a student following Route F and sitting option 36.2 Ireland and the Union c1774-1923 would be entered for 9HI0 F6.

There are tables in the front of the specification (pages 6-13) which show the available routes, topics and their respective entry codes.

This 2 digit entry code will ensure that students receive the correct examined Paper 1, 2 and 3 examination papers.

Coursework

Please note that you do not need to make a separate entry for coursework because it is compulsory and has no optional codes.

Legacy AS and A level entry codes

Summer 2017 is the very last resit opportunity for the modular legacy specification. The entry codes are similar to the new specification so please be careful not to confuse them. The legacy AS cash in code is 8HI01 and legacy A level cash in code is 9HI01. Because this specification is modular, students still need to be entered by unit eg 6HI03 D for unit 3 option D.

Information Manual

More information about entry codes can be found in the information manual.

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