PAPAA Overview

The Postgraduate Award of Proficiency in Assessment for Access Arrangements (PAPAA) enables professionals to fully meet the requirements set by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to assess candidates for Access Arrangements.

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PAPAA & the JCQ Regulations

The JCQ sets the criteria which Access Arrangements Assessors must meet. The PAPAA course:

  • is Postgraduate, equivalent to Level 7 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)*
  • includes at least 100 hours relating to individual specialist assessment

*The PAPAA is externally moderated and endorsed by the CIEA

Upon completion of the PAPAA course, successful candidates will:

  • have a thorough understanding of the current edition of the JCQ publication ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ and the principles, procedures and accountabilities involved
  • be familiar with the Equality Act 2010, helping to identify access arrangements that might assist the candidate

Please note: Access Arrangements Assessors must hold an appropriate qualification to teach and make recommendations for secondary aged or adult learners who have learning difficulties. (If you have any questions regarding meeting this requirement please contact us for clarification.)

Course Structure

Assignments consist of a mix of practical tasks, online questionnaires, essays and data analysis.

The course is split into 2 units:

Administering and interpreting a range of standardised tests

  • An introduction to the principles of educational testing
  • The administration of standardised tests suitable for use in assessments for access arrangements
  • Featured tests include (Compulsory and Optional)


  • Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 2
  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2/RANRAS
  • Test of Memory and Learning 2

A small selection from:

  • Access Reading Test
  • Adult Reading Test
  • British Picture Vocabulary Scale 3
  • Diagnostic Reading Analysis 3
  • Dyslexia Portfolio
  • Gray Oral Reading Test 5
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement 3
  • SPaRCS
  • Tests of Dyslexia
  • Test of Word Reading Efficiency 2
  • Test of Orthographic Competence 2
  • Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency 2
  • Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency 2
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test IIIuk
  • Wide Range Achievement Test 5
  • Wide Range Intelligence Test
  • Woodcock Johnson IV
  • York Assessment of Reading Comprehension

CLICK HERE to see details of our Standardised Test library

Understanding the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations ‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’, and applying them within your centre.

  • Rationale for access arrangements
  • Types of access arrangement
  • Arrangements appropriate for candidates with:
    • Learning difficulties
    • Physical difficulties
    • Sensory impairments
    • English as an additional language
    • Other difficulties
  • Compiling/recording appropriate evidence
  • Screening large groups
  • Assessing individuals
  • Applying for arrangements through Access Arrangements Online (AAO)
  • Using assistive technology in exams
  • Roles, responsibilities and systems within the centre
  • The Equality Act and its influence on examinations
  • Ethical issues, data protection and confidentiality

Course Delivery Options

The PAPAA has various modes of delivery. For full details, click here

PAPAA On-Demand

The complete course content delivered through online videos. Start dates available every month.

PAPAA Hybrid

Start the course with 3 consecutive live webinar training days for Unit 1 (covering the core Unit 1 taught sessions, and beginning all the Unit 1 assignments). Unit 2 taught sessions delivered through our online video presentations.


Start the course with 3 consecutive live webinar training days for Unit 1 (as per the PAPAA Hybrid information above). Later in the course, access 3 consecutive live webinar training days for Unit 2 (covering the core Unit 2 taught sessions, and beginning all the Unit 2 assignments).

PAPAA Bespoke

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

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Course authors

The PAPAA course was written and developed by Caroline Read ( and Sarah Beard ( & Both are experienced dyslexia practitioners who have worked in the field of assessment and access arrangements for many years. Working together they used their individual expertise to design a course which is both practical and underpinned by sound academic principles.

Introductory Video

Watch an introductory video to the PAPAA Course

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