AAA - Assessing for Access Arrangements

Meets 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.

Please note that, due to ongoing concerns regarding Covid-19, the February 2021 AAA programme will be delivered as an online course.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course aims to 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.

The course is delivered in two units, each a term in length. Teaching is delivered via a combination of live and recorded webinars. Each unit contains four live webinars, which feature group discussion, activities and interactive Q&A; you will also be required to undertake group work, assignments and independent study using a dedicated online learning platform.

You will be responsible for ensuring that you have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable you to attend the webinars and access the online learning platform.

Prior to commencing the course, you will be required to undertake a preliminary audit of your setting which will be used as the basis for ongoing reflections on your personal professional development.

Unit 1 will examine the issues associated with SpLD such as dyslexia and dyspraxia and their impact on learners undertaking GCSE and GCE examinations. Through the webinar training, activities, assignments, and independent study, you will develop your understanding of Exam Access Arrangements, the rationale which underpins them, and the regulations and processes involved in the application process.

Unit 2 explores basic psychometrics, commonly used assessment tools, and the principles underlying the assessment process. A key aspect of this unit is an extended Case Study which involves undertaking a ‘virtual’ observed assessment and completing a Form 8. Please note that you will be required to demonstrate your ability to use appropriate assessment tools and so it is essential that, prior to the beginning of this unit, you arrange to have access to a range of standardised tests.


Assessment will take the form of a combination of theoretical assignment, critical reflection and practical tasks, including a recorded observed assessment for access arrangements. All parts of the course must be passed in order to achieve the final qualification.

Study Time

The course involves 200 hours of study. 30 hours are delivered as taught sessions, combining live webinars, each 3.5 hours in length, and recorded webinars, delivered through the online platform. The remaining time is set aside for group work, preparation of assignments, and independent study.

Start date

Live webinar dates:

Unit 1

Session 1: Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Session 2: Wednesday 10th February 2021

Session 3: Wednesday 10th March 2021

Session 4: Wednesday 17th March 2021

Assessment deadline: Monday 19th April 2021

Unit 2

Session 5: Wednesday 21st April 2021

Session 6: Wednesday 28th April 2021

Session 7: Wednesday 19th May 2021

Session 8: Wednesday 26th May 2021

Assessment deadlines: Professional Practice Observed Assessment: Monday 28th June 2021; Professional Practice Reflection: Monday 26th July 2021.

All webinars will take place from 9.30am – 1.00pm.

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 eight of the listed dates.

Pathway to APC

Holders of the Patoss AAA and a Level 5 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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