AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

Training Programme 2014/15

You can find more details of each of our training modules below. We're always happy to tailor our training to your requirements so please do contact us if you'd like to discuss your requirements further.

Validity of qualifications

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  Validity is perhaps the key quality issue for the Regulator, and we think it is likely that there will soon be new requirements on awarding organisations to show how they ensure qualifications are valid. 

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Reliability of qualifications

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours 

Description: The Regulator has placed increased focus on reliability in recent years, and not only for general qualifications. But how do you measure the reliability of your assessments?

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Demands and difficulty

Level: Introductory

Duration: 4 hours

Description: What is it that makes an assessment task hard?  When critics complain about ‘dumbing down’, what are they really talking about, and how can you respond?

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Introductory assessment statistics

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  Assessment is inherently a quantitative activity. Assessment professionals need to have a reasonable grasp of a range of numerical indicators of the quality of tests and questions, and how to use those indicators to plan action.

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Alternative assessment types

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  To create credible and relevant assessments, assessment professionals need to be fully aware of the range of options open to them, including the options for technology-based assessment.

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Grading and standards setting

Level:  Advanced

Duration:  5 hours

Description:  Recent changes in government policy have increased the emphasis on grading in a wide range of vocational and academic qualifications.

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Assessment and learning

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  ‘I believe in assessment for learning, not of learning’ has been a buzz phrase in recent years, and has led to many developments in formative assessment.

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Electronic (e-)assessment

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  This session looks at what e-assessment can do for an assessment organisation, based on an up-to-date view of the breadth of e-assessment approaches including on-screen testing and a wide variety of other technology-enabled assessments.

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Marking

Level:  Intermediate

Duration:  5 hours

Description:  Marking of constructed response questions is a key factor in ensuring your assessments are reliable and therefore valid. Are you following best practice?

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Writing effective multiple-choice questions

Level: Advanced

Duration:  5 hours

Description:  Notoriously, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are easy to write, but difficult to write well. This programme will help you ensure that they are not the weak link in your assessments.

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Introduction to item response theory

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  Many large-scale assessment programmes around the world use item response theory (IRT) for test performance management.

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Maths and English assessment

Level:  Intermediate / Advanced

Duration:  Two sessions: one for English and one for Maths - 5 hours each

Description:  Assessment of literacy and numeracy are under the political (and funding) spotlight as perhaps never before. What are the key issues in the assessment of these subjects?

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The implications of regulation and compliance for awarding organisations

Level:  Advanced

Duration:  5 hours

Description:  There are increased expectations placed upon awarding organisations to be compliant with more stringent regulation.

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History of and current developments in vocational qualifications

Level:  Introductory

Duration:  4 hours

Description:  Can’t tell your NVQs from your QCF? Unsure what competence is and why everyone in vocational qualifications (VQs) gets so worked up about it?

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Vocational qualification development

Level:  Advanced

Duration: 12 hours over two days

Description:  To create fit-for-purpose, reliable and cost effective qualifications, awarding organisations need to be fully aware of the range of options open to them and the techniques used to build in quality.

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Contact

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

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