External Quality Assurance:

TQUK Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice (EQA/EV)


Who is the qualification for?

The Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (EQA) is designed for experienced work based learning professionals who have the responsibility for External Quality Assurance activities within an Awarding Organisation. Previous to the introduction of the TAQA standards, External Quality Assurance (EQA) was referred to as External Verification (EV); it is still referred to as EV by some awarding bodies.


Why should I choose Cognitia as my training provider?

  • Weekly webinars providing support for questions you may have.
  • Easy to use E-portfolio system from Quals Direct. Click HERE to watch our YouTube Video.
  • One to one video support calls / telephone calls.
  • Clear and concise assessment plans, showing you EXACTLY what you need to do to achieve your NVQ.
  • Experienced team of assessors and quality assurers – some of whom work as External Verifiers for Awarding Bodies


How do we assess your work?

We use an online e-portfolio system, delivered within our assessment plan. To watch how easy our system is to use please click HERE to watch our video. Observations of assurance practice will be recorded and observed. Knowledge outcomes are uploaded as assignments. Supporting assurance practice evidence will also be uploaded.

​About this Level 4 Award in External Quality Assurance (EQA)

The qualification is based on a KNOWLEDGE of external quality assurance (UNDERSTANDING UNIT) as well as a practical assessment, which must be carried out gathering the required evidence on TWO external quality assurance visits:

1. Understanding the Principles and Practices of Externally Assuring the Quality of Assessment.

2. Externally Assure the Quality of Assessment.

Completing the knowledge unit online will allow you to plan to complete the practical unit in the future and provide you with the foundation knowledge needed to carry out External Quality Assurance activities.


The arrangement of TWO mentored and observed EQA visits is the responsibility of the learner EQA to arrange. Therefore the learner EQA should be confident to be able to arrange this via their contacts within a relevant Awarding Organisation. Cognitia will assess all evidence gathered from the mentored / observed visits.

You are required to hold an IQA / IV qualification (see any from the list below) to enrol on this EQA Award as follows:

  • Level 4 Award or Certificate in Quality Assurance Processes & Practice
  • V1
  • D34


How much does it cost?

The cost of the qualification is £1200 plus VAT (£1440).

Spread the cost of this course with our INTEREST FREE finance (subject to status), from as little as £96 a month!


What to do next?

Sign up online – due to the very nature of an NVQ being a work-based assessment, you just need to ensure that you are in a position in your current role to be able to collect the evidence required for your portfolio.