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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Assessment and Evidence

COVID-19: Assessment of Vocational Qualifications - Summer 2020

We have developed comprehensive guidance for our Centres regarding the Extraordinary Regulatory Framework which can be found here.
Ofqual Guidance for Centres can also be found here
Ofqual Explainer Tool can be found here
We have also developed an FAQ which is in the Downloads section of this page
If you are able to administer assessments in the usual way for your centre and learners, then these can continue as normal. 
We remain open for business during these challenging times with a staff team all working remotely to ensure we can continue to provide normal services.   The latest news updates regarding the COVID-19 implications as they relate to our services/provision can be found on the Home Page of our website.



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 opportuinities 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.
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