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Assessment and Evidence

Assessment and Evidence

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 Recognition of Prior Learning and Achievement (RPL) for learners who have existing accredited achievement or unaccredited experience they wish to count towards an Open College Network West Midlands qualification. Please see our Recognition of Prior Learning and Achievement Policy for further details. If you wish to apply for RPL, then you will need to complete the Claim Form for Recognition of Prior Learning and send it to

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.

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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