Centres must ensure that qualifications are delivered effectively and efficiently. Well considered and detailed course planning is a critical feature of effective delivery. Centres must have, and be able to demonstrate, a robust documented internal process for coherent course design, development and delivery.
A key feature of many of our qualifications is the flexibility they offer centres to contextualise them to meet the specific needs of their learners. This flexibility promotes strong learner engagement and meaningful learning experiences.
Centres should ensure that detailed schemes of work and session plans are in place which consider all aspects of the qualification specification. These should include details of strategies and resources required for teaching and assessment that meet learners’ needs.
Teaching and learning approaches must be consistent with the context, level and stipulations of the qualification and be designed to engage, stimulate and motivate learners.
All ESW qualifications involve a summative controlled task, which includes for Essential Digital Literacy Skills and Essential Employability Skills a confirmatory element (structured discussion). Whilst the controlled tasks are externally set*, they are internally assessed and quality assured by centres.
Controlled task assessments are available in a range of contexts and centres are able to choose the most appropriate task for learners.
*Centres are able to write their own controlled tasks, but these must be approved by Agored Cymru prior to use. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
In addition to the controlled task, Essential Application of Number Skills (EAoNS) and Essential Communication Skills (ECommS) at levels 1, 2 and 3 involve a confirmatory test that is externally set and marked.
For guidance on assessment, please refer to the Agored Cymru Guide to Assessment.
- have current and/or relevant experience in assessing;
- have undertaken relevant training if new to assessing (Agored Cymru Introduction to Assessment courses);
- have good knowledge and understanding of Agored Cymru assessment requirements;
- be familiar with the level of the qualification and its unit(s);
- have good subject knowledge and understanding and/or experience of the unit(s)/qualification(s) being assessed.
Assessors do not currently need to have a formal assessment qualification* to assess Agored Cymru units and / or qualifications, unless stated in the qualification guide or unit specification. However, Agored Cymru strongly recommends that assessors work towards formal accreditation (e.g. Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement). In addition, Agored Cymru strongly recommends that assessors attend Agored Cymru’s Introduction to Assessment training.
Specific Assessor Requirements
Assessors must be personally competent in the Essential Skill(s) being taught and assessed and familiar with the assessment arrangements applicable to these qualifications. However, Agored Cymru strongly recommends assessors have achieved/work towards an appropriate Essential Skills practitioner qualification(s) (at Level 3 or higher).