Training for awarding organisation teams

High quality and timely training can improve effectiveness, raise staff morale and help with regulatory compliance.

Many awarding organisations are finding that the rapid changes in qualifications mean that their staff teams need highly specialised training in particular areas of qualification and assessment development, or in effective awarding practices in order to support their strategic plan. This is where AlphaPlus comes in.

AlphaPlus has been delivering assessment-related training to awarding organisations since 2006. Our programmes are typically bespoke courses, with an emphasis on workshop and practical activity, delivered on site to awarding organisation staff teams. Training is delivered by senior staff and directors at AlphaPlus, who are able to draw on their extensive experience from supporting awarding organisations across the sector.

Our programme of events has been designed to meet the needs of awarding organisations in the current regulatory regime. These programmes are modular, which allows us to customise them to meet your requirements.

AlphaPlus training programmes

Training Programme Introductory/Advanced Typical Duration (hours)
Validity of qualifications Introductory 4 hours
Reliability of qualifications Introductory 4 hours
Demands and difficulty Introductory 4 hours
Introductory assessment statistics Introductory 4 hours
Alternative assessment types Introductory 4 hours
Grading and standards setting Advanced 5 hours
Assessment and learning Introductory 4 hours
Electronic (e-)assessment Introductory 4 hours
Marking Intermediate 5 hours
Writing effective multiple-choice questions Advanced 5 hours
Writing Higher order objective questions Advanced 7 hours
Introduction to Item Response Theory Introductory 4 hours
Maths and English assessment (two sessions) Intermediate / Advanced Two sessions: one for English and one for Maths – 5 hours each.
The implications of regulation and compliance for awarding organisations Advanced 5 hours
History of and current developments in vocational qualifications Introductory 4 hours
Vocational qualification development Advanced 12 hours over two days


Practical arrangements for training

Question: Can I configure training to meet the needs of my AO?

Answer: Yes – the training modules presented in this section represent our standard programmes.  Much of our training is customised, typically consisting of standard modules with customised elements designed specifically for you.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Question: Where is the training held?  

Answer: Training can be delivered at your premises, or at an external location of your choosing.  For external settings, we can make the event arrangements for you if you wish.

Question: How much will training cost?   

Answer: Training costs vary from £100 to £300 per day per delegate depending on location, the number of AlphaPlus staff required, the extent of customisation required and the number of delegates.  Please contact us for a quotation for a particular programme.

Question: Do you provide resources and preparatory materials?

Answer: Yes – we recognise that many of our courses deal with complex topics which can take time to understand.  All our delegates receive a complete training pack comprising the materials covered, a handbook covering the subject, copies of the exercises, and a targeted reading list for further study.

AlphaPlus training is customisable to meet your needs