Information for External Moderators
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 three years and a particular provider for no more than 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 two CPD events each academic year:
October/November – to prepare for first visit to the provider (in January)
April – to prepare for the final visit and awards board (in July)
External moderators are paid a visit and report fee and travel expenses are reimbursed. External moderators are also invited to attend standardisation events which 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 email@example.com An application form will then be forwarded to you for completion.
External Moderator Handbook
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.
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