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.

We expect this course to take approximately 115-120 hours to complete; including approximately 40 hours guided learning, plus tasks to gain accreditation and further reading and practice. The 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.

We aim for the course to be as rigorous as any other level 7 qualification and our awarding organisation will require this. We are 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.

We are currently taking applications for this course. Please click here to go to the application form. The course is available online, and can be accessed anywhere with a good internet connection at any time to suit you. There is also a blended learning option where we will offer some aspects of the course as face to face training. The remainder will need to be accessed online. There will be an additional fee for this option to cover venue costs, admin and tutoring. Please click here to go to the ‘Blended Learning Option’ information.

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. You may already have some of the tests in your school or college. The very least you will need to access the session on each test is an examiner record sheet. All pages of the manuals referred to are shown on the screen during the video presentations (with permission from the publishers). If there are any tests that you don’t have access to, 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), and if you need to purchase tests we have negotiated discounts with some of the test distributors.

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.

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.

Quick Contact

Back to top