A102: Introducing Assessment Practice

A102: Introducing Assessment Practice

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Date: 20 Jul - 20 Sep 2020 Venue: Online course (9 weeks). Average 3hrs per week.
Type: Online course Fee: Monitored - £295, Peer supported - £245

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A102: Introducing Assessment Practice has been designed to guide you through the practicalities of producing and delivering assessment, and to describe and explain important related issues.

  • No previous knowledge or experience needed
  • Average 3 hours per week over nine weeks
  • Choice of delivery models:
    • Monitored - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring Monitor/Educator, discussion forum and journal
    • Peer supported - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring discussion forum and journal
  • Certification option for both models.

The course introduces key stages in the assessment cycle, including:

  • Uses, purposes and types of assessment
  • Designing and developing qualifications
  • Creating assessment materials – including learning outcomes, assessment objectives, mark schemes and assessment grids
  • Standardisation, marking and moderation
  • Setting and maintaining standards
  • The three ‘R’s - Roles, responsibilities and regulators

Course outline

Week 1 Induction and introduction to the assessment cycle – as well as introducing the assessment cycle, the aim of the first week is for you to become familiar and confident with the online learning environment.
Week 2 Exploring assessment - we'll explore the uses and purpose of assessment, types of assessment and when and where each type might be used.
Weeks 3 and 4 Designing and developing qualifications - we'll look at the many factors that you need to consider when designing and developing qualifications. If there is a beginning to the assessment cycle, this can be considered to be it.
Week 5 Creating assessment materials (part 1) - we'll focus on the learning outcomes and assessment objectives and explore task types.
Week 6 Creating assessment materials (part 2) - we'll explore the mark scheme, using assessment grids to ensure coverage over time and the process used when constructing assessment materials.
Week 7 Standardisation, marking and moderation - we'll look at the standardisation process, marking and marker monitoring and moderation.
Week 8 Setting and maintaining standards - we'll cover grading and awarding, professional judgement and statistical evidence, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment and how the assessment will be evaluated.
Week 9 The three ‘R’s – Roles, responsibilities and regulators - by the end of this week we'll have considered some key stakeholders, their interest in assessment and any responsibilities.

Who should attend?

The course is open to everyone working day to day in the field of educational assessment and also individuals involved in developing qualifications, e.g. teachers, trainers, apprenticeship providers, examiners, assessment writers, and exam board staff. Because the course is online, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world. 

What you will learn

The course covers the key stages in the assessment cycle, including: Uses, purposes and types of assessment, Designing and developing qualifications, Creating assessment materials – including learning outcomes, assessment objectives, mark schemes and assessment grids, Standardisation, marking and moderation, Setting and maintaining standards, and the three ‘R’s – Roles, responsibilities and regulators. You don't need any knowledge or experience to participate and the course is designed so you can follow it at a time and place which is convenient to you.

A102 is a great follow on to A101: Introducing the Principles of Assessment as it builds on the principles of assessment. However, please note that A102 is a stand-alone course; A101 is not a pre-requisite.

How you will learn

A102 is an interactive online course which means that alongside weekly lessons and video content, you'll also learn through participating in forum discussions with fellow students.

How much does it cost?

  • Monitored - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring Monitor/Educator, discussion forum and journal - £295 per person
  • Peer supported - Online group course delivered over 9 weeks featuring discussion forum and journal - £245 per person

How to enrol

Bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We will confirm your place on the course once the payment has been received. Payment can be made by a credit or debit card (not incl. American Express) or by invoice.


Is attendance on the course required 9-5pm for the full 9 weeks? Or can the course content be accessed in your own time?

This online course continues for 9 weeks. We anticipate that you would need to allocate an average of 3 hours per week for study time.

What level of English do I need to be able to complete the course?

The course is delivered in English so participants are required to have sufficient competence in English to participate in the training. All participants should have English language competence comparable to Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We recommend a minimum requirement of 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System. Further information may be obtained through the IELTS website.

B2 Vantage or upper intermediate

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

What are the differences between the Monitored and Peer supported courses?

The Monitored course offers a dedicated, experienced assessment expert who monitors conversation, contributes to the discussion forum and offers support to individual participants where appropriate. You may prefer the Peer supported course if you would rather learn through group discussion only.

My place on the course is now confirmed, what happens next?

If you are an existing user of our VLE then you can log in with your usual username and password. If you are a new VLE user you will receive an automated email with your login information nearer to the course start date.

We will create new accounts and enrolments in the week before the course begins, so please let us know if you don’t receive your login details three days prior to the course start date.

The material is available from 5pm (UK time) on Fridays, but the each week officially begins on Monday at 12:00 noon (UK time).

What kind of certification is available upon completion of the course?

To receive a Statement of Participation you must provide evidence of your learning and participation by logging into each week’s lesson, completing the activities, marking the activities as completed and posting weekly on the discussion forum. In addition to this, successful completion of an end of course assignment will enable you to claim a Certificate of Achievement. Both our Certificate and Statement are awarded by Cambridge Assessment and include the Cambridge Assessment logo and the University of Cambridge’s Board of Executive and Professional Education logo.

Can I have some more details on the end of course assignment?

The purpose of the assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on all the topics covered in this course and to apply this learning to an assessment that interests you. The assignment will be used as evidence that you have worked through the course material and reflected on what you have been learning.

Remember, the assignment is optional. However, if you want to claim a Certificate of Achievement, successfully completing the assignment is a requirement. If you choose to complete the assignment, you have four weeks to submit after the course has finished.

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Stakeholders involved in the assessment process, unless they work directly with an academic regulatory body, will often enter assessment practice through default - as I did! 

A102: Introduction to Assessment Practice has provided me with a group to discuss, share learning and a means to expand my thinking on all aspects of assessment.  

The course is challenging, yet gratifying.  Each week I have drawn a great deal from the weekly activities and the dynamic interactive discussion forum." 

Marcia Hudson, Assessment Examination Officer and Health Regulator

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