AAA - Assessing for Access Arrangements

Meeting the JCQ requirements for access arrangements assessor training and is equivalent to Level 7. Successful completion of the course will enable participants to carry out assessments for access arrangements in GCSE and GCE qualifications.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is delivered through blended learning, with four attendance days and a dedicated online learning platform. It will develop the theoretical and practical knowledge underpinning the assessment of learners for examination access arrangements, in line with the JCQ and Awarding Body regulations. It provides understanding of the key principles involved in conducting effective access arrangements assessments for individuals with learning needs.

Study time

The course involves 200 hours of study through two units, with 30 hours of taught sessions, both face-to-face and online.


Assessment will take the form of a combination of theoretical assignment, critical reflection and practical tasks in assessment for access arrangements, including a recorded observation.

Start date

The courses run each September and February and run through two terms

The London attendance dates are:

  • Day 1 - Monday, 7th September 2020
  • Day 2 -Tuesday, 8th September 2020


  • Day 3 - Monday, 11th January 2021
  • Day 4 - Tuesday, 12th January 2021

Please note: any delegates wishing to stay overnight can obtain the hotel rate from |Liz Horobin, course leader.

Course Outcome

Successful completion of the course enables participants to carry out assessments for access arrangements in general qualifications (Form 8 Part 2)

Participants will be able to take out either Associate or Supporting Membership of Patoss (depending on existing qualifications), join the Patoss Professional Practice Community Forum and be listed on the AAA Certificate Holders listing on the Patoss website.

Eligibility & Pre-Requisites

  • Undergraduate degree and teaching qualification (e.g. QTS and/or Specialist teaching qualification, for example, Level 5 diploma in the teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia)
  • Access to students (Y9-Y13 or FE) for assessment tasks
  • Access to assessment materials
  • Attendance is required on all four of the listed dates.

Pathway to APC

Holders of the Patoss AAA and a specialist teaching qualification will be eligible to enrol onto our postgraduate module leading to an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate.

What some of our previous delegates have said:

'I really enjoyed this course. Everything was explained so clearly and resources were extremely useful. I really knew very little about the process, so I have learnt a great deal. Many thanks.'  

'I have thoroughly enjoyed the course- it was well paced – the course days in London were useful to catch up with other students and gave a variety of learning opportunities. '

'I will now be able to work with students to assess and communicate more effectively with colleagues about students who may require access arrangements. It will also enable me to organise the access arrangement process more effectively in my department.' 

Terms & Conditions

By submitting an application, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days from the date of invoice, subject to your application being confirmed as successful, or before the first day of the course [whichever is sooner] and accept our terms and conditions. You are also agreeing accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 


Liz Horobin, Course Leader


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CPD Standards

This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office


This course uses blended training, which means it is made up of both attendance and online training. logo

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