Programmes are delivered on a full- and part-time basis to a wide range of priority groups. Programmes may be unaccredited (especially in adult basic education) or accredited at Level 1 to 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications. Programmes may be delivered in-house or may be delivered on behalf of KWETB by contracted second providers. Delivery of programmes can be centre or outreach-based or delivered on-line or as a combination or both in a blended programme. Programmes can be delivered during the day or at night-time and on a modular or intensive basis.
Learner assessment is carried out in KWETB’s Further Education and Training programmes in line with QQI policy. Learners receive information as part of their induction regarding assessment. Learners are also given information on reasonable accommodation, compassionate consideration, assessment regulations and assessment malpractice. An assessment schedule is provided to learners for all programmes setting out what is to be assessed, how it is to be assessed and when it is to be assessed. In Further Education, the assessment brief (for example examination paper) is locally devised by the tutor in line with the requirements set out in the programme and module descriptor. In Training, assessment is centrally devised and the assessment instrument specification is issued by the Training Standards Officer. Confidentiality is observed regarding all assessment briefs/instrument specifications to ensure fairness. Marking is conducted by the tutor/assessor in line with the assessment brief/instrument specification.
Internal Verification is carried out by internal personnel to ensure that all assessment processes have been followed and to identify instances where this may not be the case. Internal Verification Reports are completed and submitted to the relevant member of the FET Quality Assurance Team.
The Internal Verification Report together with the assessment material and all assessment information including assessment briefs/instrument specifications are provided to the External Authenticator during their visit. External Authentication provides independent authoritative confirmation of fair and consistent assessment of learners and ensures that assessment results have been marked in a valid and reliable way. The External Authenticator applies a sampling approach and provides a full report to the relevant member of the FET Quality Assurance Team.
The role of the Results Approval Panel is to review and consider the Internal Verification and External Authentication and to make decisions regarding the approval of results. Once results are approved, certification may be requested from QQI.
KWETB in conjunction with ETBI informed the development of the Reference Handbook, Secure Storage, Assessment Deadlines and Reasonable Accommodation and are in the processes of reviewing current policies in line with the national documents.