Internal verification is a crucial element of a centre’s quality assurance system.
Robust, effective internal verification ensures that all learners are assessed fairly and consistently to the specified standard.
Internal verification checks that the assessment process (i.e. from pre-course planning to the recommendation for the award of credit) is fit for purpose and is implemented accurately, fairly and consistently.
Internal Verifiers (IVs) must keep accurate written records of the outcomes of the following steps:
1. Pre-course delivery review of units and/or qualifications
The IV checks the validity and suitability of the units and/or qualifications selected by assessors.
2. Pre-course delivery internal verification
The IV reviews all assessment materials, tasks and methods to ensure they are fit for purpose.
3. Internal verification sampling
The IV develops a sampling plan linking to the assessment plan.
The IV selects a sample of learners’ assessed work to check that assessors are assessing learners’ work accurately, fairly and consistently.
The IV also checks the consistency of assessment decisions across units and/or qualifications.
4. Internal verification of assessment decisions
The IV regularly reviews assessors’ assessment judgements.
Mid-course internal verification identifies any issues and provides the opportunity for corrective action to be taken before the award of credit is compromised.
The IV reviews assessors’ judgements with reference to the principles of assessment.
5. Internal verification of practical activities
The IV observes practical assessments where appropriate (i.e. where there is no written or tangible evidence generated by the learner) to observe, monitor and assess learners’ response.