PAPAA: Frequently Asked Questions

Until August 2007 the JCQ published a list of approved qualifications; this is no longer the case. The JCQ now produces a list of criteria that a Access Arrangements Assessor must demonstrate in order to assess candidates for access arrangements. The PAPAA has been designed to meet all the criteria set out by the JCQ. Click here for a link to the JCQ pages relating to the appointment of Assessors, which outlines the required criteria.

The one JCQ requirement that we cannot meet on this course is that assessors must ‘hold an appropriate qualification to teach and make recommendations for secondary aged or adult learners who have learning difficulties’. In order to meet this criterion we expect the majority of our candidates to hold Qualified Teacher Status or the OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with SpLD (Dyslexia) (or equivalent).

Ideally you will have a degree and a teaching qualification. Alternatively holders of the OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with SpLD (Dyslexia) (or equivalent) will be eligible.

The PAPAA course fulfils the JCQ requirement to include at least 100 hours relating to individual specialist assessment. It involves approximately 30 hours guided learning, plus tasks to gain accreditation and further reading and practice. The total time taken will depend on previous knowledge and experience. This is an online course; it is up to candidates to decide the best way to fit the course into their working lives. The course must be completed within 9 months of your start date.

As we are externally accredited and moderated by an Ofqual recognised awarding body (Industry Qualifications), the PAPAA course is as rigorous as any Master’s Level qualification. For example, all work must be the student’s own and we are required to be very thorough in our checking for plagiarism. We are also in discussion with a reputable university with a view to the PAPAA being recognised for MA points. If you are already considering a masters course you may find that the providers will consider the PAPAA qualification when accrediting prior learning.

Online: The course is available online, and can be accessed anywhere with a good internet connection at any time to suit you. We register a new cohort of students on the 1st of each month. Please click here to go to the ‘Online’ option information.

Blended Learning: We also have ‘blended learning’ options where some elements of the course are offered as face to face training. The remainder will need to be accessed online. Please click here to go to the ‘Blended Learning’ option information.

Face to Face: For colleagues who prefer face to face training we offer the option to access the PAPAA course through 6 face to face training days, plus personal study and assignments, spread over 9 months. Students have full access to our Online Learning Environment and can supplement the face to face days with online learning if they wish. Please click here to go to the ‘Face to Face’ option information.

Please note there is an additional fee for both Blended Learning and Face to Face options to cover venue costs, admin and tutoring.

No, you need to consider doing another qualification such as the OCR Level 7 Certificate for Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia); (600 hours of study and worth 60 points towards a masters degree).

No, you need to consider doing another qualification such as the OCR Level 7 Certificate for Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia); (600 hours of study and worth 60 points towards a masters degree).

No, you need to consider doing another qualification such as the OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with SpLD (Dyslexia).

No. Firstly you may already have some of the tests in your school or college. You will need an examiner record sheet for each session in Unit 1 when you access the video presentations. However, all pages of the manuals referred to are shown on the screen during the videos (with permission from the publishers). If there are any tests to which you do not have access, we can provide you with an examiner record sheet for a small fee. You will need to let us know which ones you need.

You will, however, need access to some of the full tests in order to carry out the assignments. We have a small library of tests that you can borrow (click here to view our library of tests).

Of course, you will need a battery of tests after you graduate in order to carry out access arrangement assessments. We have negotiated a discount with most of the test distributors when you come to buy.

The PAPAA can be completed as a fully online course (via video presentations), or as a blended learning course with 2 or 3 days face to face training and the rest online.

The fully online course costs £1,295.

Blended learning - 2 days face to face (remainder online) costs £1,550.

Blended learning - 3 days face to face (remainder online) costs £1,700.

Face to face - 6 days face to face over 9 months (supplementary learning available online) costs £1,950.

We have produced a 20 minute video explaining the requirements of the course; please click here to view it. To make the video full screen please click in the square in the bottom right hand corner of the video.

For a copy of the PAPAA moderation procedure, please click here.

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