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Assessment and Evidence

Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework 2020/21

Following the cancellation of assessments as a result of the ongoing pandemic and the introduction of the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) in the summer of 2020; we are working closely with our centres, other AOs and regulators as we move into the new academic year, to determine how best to adapt our assessments and qualifications to ensure that learners are able to receive a fair result and are not disadvantaged by the ongoing situation.  
Particularly in the case of further disruption, which may occur on a localised basis which could affect teaching, learning and the delivery of assessments.  We are committed to working with our recognised centres to maintain standards, ensuring that assessments lead to the award of qualifications that are valid and reliable indicators of a learners achievement.  
Our arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year does not include provision of calculated results, but rather where necessary and appropriate assessments will be adapted.  We will publish details of agreed adaptations on our website once details are confirmed. As always, our quality team are on hand to provide advice support and guidance for centres planning delivery this academic year.


Open College Network West Midlands qualifications and Customised Accreditation units are normally assessed through centre-devised assessment tasks. This provides Recognised Centres with the flexibility to assess learners in ways which best suits their needs, increasing their chances of success.
Open College Network West Midlands supports this flexible approach to assessment by providing a framework of guidance and training to Recognised Centres in order to ensure that learner-centred assessment activity is valid and consistent.
The guidance and support provided includes:
Centre Handbook
The assessment section of the handbook contains important information on the principles informing Open College Network West Midlands assessment practice, the relationship between assessment and the award of credit, and regulatory requirements.
Assessment Methods
Assessment Methods provides guidance on the range of permissible assessment methods which tutors are able to select from. Each method is explored, with details of the nature of the method and examples of possible sources of evidence It is expected that tutors and other assessors will refer to this document when planning their courses and preparing assessment materials.
Guides to Getting it Right
Key points in relation to assessment practice and providing feedback to learners are summarised in the relevant Guides to Getting it Right.
Assessor training
To support our Centres we provide a range of assessment-related training opportunities for both new and more experienced practitioners.  Further information about these opportunities can be viewed on our Training page.
Further flexibility is provided through the Recognition of Prior Learning and Achievement - Policy and Process for learners who have existing accredited achievement or unaccredited experience they wish to count towards an Open College Network West Midlands qualification. Centres with learners whose needs cannot be accommodated within the assessment methods detailed in the 'Assessment Methods' booklet are referred to the 'Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy'.
For recommended examples of forms and documents relating to assessment, please visit the Learner Portfolios and Recording Achievement page of our website here.
Latest update: Friday 23 October 2020
Please be advised that today we have published guidance and resources for the delivery of our qualifications under the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework.
This contains all of the information you need to implement adaptation of your delivery and assessment, including downloadable files for:
  • EERF Adaptations List
  • Adaptation Record
  • Adaptation of Delivery and Assessment - Guidance for Centres 2020/21
If there is an adaptation listed on the adaptation spreadsheet that does not meet the learner or centre needs, please submit a completed Adaptation Request form to
If you need any further advice or support, or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01902 624230.
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