Information for External Moderators


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External moderators are appointed by Certa to each Access to HE Diploma.   They are appointed for their FE and HE expertise in curriculum areas and are often referred to as “forensic researchers” as they ensure that the provider is following the correct procedures as specified by the QAA and ensure the continued integrity of the Access to HE Diploma. 

QAA requires that external moderators are appointed to a particular Diploma for no more four years. 

Allocation of external moderators to diplomas/providers is undertaken provisionally in August.  Final allocation is undertaken once final student numbers are known in September/October.   External moderators work can work for other Awarding Organisations, (AOs) or Access Validating Agencies (AVAs). 

All external moderators are required to attend CPD events each academic year.   The first one being in October/early November.

External moderators are paid a visit and report fee and travel expenses are reimbursed.   External moderators are also invited to attend a standardisation event.  Standardisation events are held in March  to contribute and offer guidance within their curriculum areas of expertise.

Potential External Moderators

If you are interested in being considered as an external moderator or curriculum specialist, please forward an email to   An application form will then be forwarded to you for completion.

External Moderator Handbook

External Moderator Handbook 2018-19

Access to HE Bulletins

Monthly bulletins are published and forwarded to all people involved with Access to HE delivery, for whom Certa has contact details.  Please see Monthly Bulletins section.

Forms to Download

Visit 1 Planner

Visit 1 Report

Visit 2 Planner

Visit 2 Report

Subject Moderator Report

Information and Issues Report

Subject Standardisation and Moderation Visit Planner

Consideration of Application for On-Course Referral

External Moderator Application Form

CPD Form for External Moderators for 2018-19

Support-Supplementary Visit Report

Support Visit Planner

Supplementary Visit Planner


Guidance for Subject Moderators - June 2017