AlphaPlus - Supporting awarding organisations

Training services for awarding organisation teams

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. 

But this is a notoriously difficult area.  How do you know your assessments are valid, and how can you prove it? What makes a good assessment (test, portfolio, etc.)? And how can you predict and/or measure whether a particular assessment is good or not?  

This session introduces participants to the concepts of validity and maps its main features.  It gives due consideration to a complex topic, whilst providing participants with clear practical ideas to use in their professional work.

This unit is often delivered alongside the reliability unit.

Topics covered: 

  • rating the validity of assessment types
  • Considering the type of validity evidence that a good qualification could provide (based on Ofqual’s argument-based framework)
  • considering the concepts of validity and reliability taken together
  • how practical validity measures can be used to introduce transparency and increase confidence in assessment performance

Typical Task - Working with own assessments to define and use appropriate validity measures.


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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