Accredited Moderator Course SAQA 115759



Duration: 3 Days


Those who have achieved this unit standard will be able to moderate assessments in terms of the relevant outcome statements and quality assurance requirements. The candidate-moderator will be able to use the prescribed Quality Assurance procedures in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner that is free of all bias and discrimination, paying particular attention to the three groups targeted for redress: race, gender and disability. 

This course SAQA ID 115759 (Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments) is for those candidates who conduct assessments within their fields of expertise. 

Learning Objectives 

1. Demonstrate understanding of moderation within the context of an outcomes-based assessment system, 

2. Plan and prepare for moderation, 

3. Conduct moderation, 

4. Advise and support assessors, 

5. Report, record and administer moderation, and 

6. Review moderation systems and processes. 

Course Content 

1. Module 1: Demonstrate understanding of moderation within the context of an outcomes-based assessment system. ▪ Moderation is explained in terms of its contribution to quality assured assessment and recognition systems. 

▪ A variety of moderation methods are described and compared in terms of strengths, weaknesses and applications. 

▪ Key principles of assessment are described in terms of their importance and effect on the assessment and the application of the assessment results. 

2. Module 2: Plan and prepare for moderation. ▪ Planning and preparation activities are aligned with moderation system requirements. 

▪ The scope of the moderation is confirmed with relevant parties. 

▪ Planning of the extent of moderation and methods of moderation ensures manageability of the process. 

▪ The contexts of the assessments under review are clarified with the assessors or assessment agency, and special needs are taken into consideration in the moderation planning. 

▪ Moderation methods and processes are sufficient to deal with all common forms of evidence for the assessments to be moderated, including evidence gathered for recognition of prior learning. 

▪ The documentation is prepared in line with the moderation system requirements and in such a way as to ensure moderation decisions are clearly documented. 

▪ Required physical and human resources are ensured to be ready and available for use. 

▪ The moderation is conducted in accordance with the moderation plan. 

▪ The assessment instruments and process are checked and judged in terms of the extent to which the principles of good assessment are upheld. 

▪ Moderation confirms that special needs of candidates have been provided for but without compromising the requirements specified in the relevant outcome statements. 

▪ The proportion of assessments selected for checking meets the quality assurance body’s requirements for consistency and reliability. 

▪ Appeals against assessment decisions are handled in accordance with organizational appeal procedures. 

▪ The nature and quality of advice facilitates a common understanding of the relevant outcomes and criteria, and issues related to their assessment by assessors. 

▪ The nature and quality of advice promotes assessment in accordance with good assessment principles and enhances the development and maintenance of quality management systems in line with ETQA requirements. 

▪ Support contributes towards the further development of assessors as needed. 

▪ All communications are conducted in accordance with relevant confidentiality requirements. 

▪ Moderation findings are reported to designated role-players within agreed timeframes and according to the quality assurance body’s requirements for format and content. 

▪ Records are maintained in accordance with organizational quality assurance and ETQA requirements. 

▪ Confidentiality of information relating to candidates and assessors is preserved in accordance with organizational quality assurance and ETQA requirements. 

▪ Strengths and weaknesses of moderation systems and processes are identified in terms of their manageability and effectiveness in facilitating judgements on the quality and validity of assessment decisions. 

▪ Recommendations contribute towards the improvement of moderation systems and processes in line with ETQA requirements and overall manageability. 

▪ The review enhances the credibility and integrity of the recognition system. 

3. Module 3: Conduct moderation. 

4. Module 4: Advise and support assessors. 

5. Module 5: Report, record and administer moderation. 

6. Module 6: Review moderation systems and processes. 

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