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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.

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

Cost per learner

​£1200 plus VAT (£1440).

12 months interest free credit (subject to application) is available for this qualification.

If you would like enrol more than one learner and receive a discount please email us