AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

Awarding organisation training services

High quality and timely training can improve effectiveness, raise staff morale and help with regulatory compliance.

Many awarding organisations are finding that the rapid changes in qualifications mean that their staff teams need highly specialised training in particular areas of qualification and assessment development, or in effective awarding practices in order to support their strategic plan. This is where AlphaPlus comes in.

AlphaPlus has been delivering assessment-related training to awarding organisations since 2006. Our programmes are typically bespoke courses, with an emphasis on workshop and practical activity, delivered on site to awarding organisation staff teams. Training is delivered by senior staff and directors at AlphaPlus, who are able to draw on their extensive experience from supporting awarding organisations across the sector.

For 2014/15, we have put together a programme of events designed to meet the needs of awarding organisations under the new regulatory regime. Our programmes are modular, which allow us to customise them to meet your requirements.

AlphaPlus training programmes for 2014/15

Training ProgrammeIntroductory/AdvancedTypical Duration (hours)
Validity of qualifications Introductory 4 hours
Reliability of qualifications Introductory  4 hours 
Demands and difficulty  Introductory 4 hours
Introductory assessment statistics  Introductory 4 hours
Alternative assessment types  Introductory 4 hours
Grading and standards setting  Advanced  5 hours 
Assessment and learning  Introductory 4 hours
Electronic (e-)assessment  Introductory 4 hours
Marking  Intermediate 5 hours
Writing effective multiple-choice questions Advanced 5 hours
Introduction to Item Response Theory  Introductory 4 hours
Maths and English assessment (two sessions)  Intermediate / Advanced  Two sessions: one for English and one for Maths - 5 hours each. 
The implications of regulation and compliance for awarding organisations Advanced 5 hours
History of and current developments in vocational qualifications Introductory 4 hours
Vocational qualification development Advanced 12 hours over two days


For more information about our AO training service, please contact Giilian Whitehouse:

Email Gillian

Phone: 07881 361718

Sample training materials

We recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand. All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

We've uploaded some of our training materials for you to view. Please click on the link below to access a zip file of these PDFs:

  • Vocational qualification development guidance
  • Vocational qualification development presentation
  • Vocational qualification development reading list

Download sample training materials