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).

Please email papaa@include-ed.org.uk for more details.

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.

Please email papaa@include-ed.org.uk for more details.

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. Most students will be accessing at least parts of the course online and it is up to students to decide the best way to fit the course into their working lives.

The University of Hertfordshire have agreed to consider the PAPAA (30 credits at Level 7) through the process of Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for applicants onto their MA Education programmes. https://www.herts.ac.uk/study/schools-of-study/education/postgraduate-courses-education/ma-education-framework

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. If you are already considering a masters course with another provider you may find that they will also consider the PAPAA qualification when accrediting prior learning.

PAPAA is delivered through 4 main options.

PAPAA Online The complete course content delivered through online videos. Available all year at any location with good internet.

PAPAA Intensive Unit 1 of the PAPAA course delivered intensively face to face over a 3 day block. Unit 2 delivered online.

PAPAA Face to Face 6 days face to face over 9 months (supplementary learning available online). Delivered at various centres.

PAPAA Bespoke For regional or academy groups (minimum of 8 participants), the PAPAA Intensive option delivered at a venue of your choice.

For full details please see our PAPAA Course Delivery Options pages.

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. (We provide these for use on the day for face to face courses.) 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.

PAPAA Online The complete course content delivered through online videos. Available all year at any location with good internet. Cost £1,295

PAPAA Intensive Unit 1 of the PAPAA course delivered intensively face to face over a 3 day block. Unit 2 delivered online. Cost £1,700

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

PAPAA Bespoke For regional or academy groups (minimum of 8 participants), the PAPAA Intensive option delivered at a venue of your choice. Cost £POA

We have produced a 20 minute video explaining the requirements of the course; please see the PAPAA overview page 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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