Assessment and quality assurance

Certification of Awards

Before completed Youth Achievement Awards can be presented for certification they must go through a formal process of quality assurance.

The Quality Assurance Process

Assessment

The worker who has supported the young people with their awards checks to ensure that they meet the assessment criteria as outlined at the end of the award booklet.

Internal Verification

The awards are then internally verified by a worker within the Operating Agency who has completed the necessary internal verification training.

Standardisation

Finally the awards (or a sample of) are assessed by a panel of internal verifiers at a national event. This is to ensure that all Operating Agencies are assessing and verifying awards to the required standard. The awards are then resulted by a lead internal verifier and externally verified by SQA.

Registering Candidates

If you wish to register candidates and present awards for certification you should contact your Operating Agency and advise them of progress. If you have a specific timeline you are working to please allow sufficient time for stages 1 and 2 of the quality assurance process to be carried out and all necessary paperwork to be returned to Youth Scotland before any deadline. Please see below for the schedule of meetings and submission deadlines to assist with your forward planning.

You will need to complete a Candidate Registration Form (CRF) which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page and return this fully completed to Youth Scotland before the submission deadline. Standardisation dates and submission deadlines can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that we cannot accept postal or faxed CRFs as these are required in electronic format to allow Youth Scotland to upload the details electronically into the SQA system.

Please note that a representative of the Operating Agency must attend the standardisation meeting if you are presenting awards for certification. To attend please use the Eventbrite link at the bottom of this page and note the booking deadline dates. 

If it is not possible for anyone from the Operating Agency to attend the meeting through prior agreement the portfolios can be sent to Youth Scotland ahead of the event. This is subject to a £40 administration and handling fee, plus return postage and packaging.

If you have any queries or difficulties when booking please contact the Awards team immediately on awards@youthscotland.org.uk or 0131 554 2561. We are unable to allow admission to this event without places having been booked in advance of the deadline.

Youth Achievement Awards Standardisation and Internal Verification Meetings - Dates & Deadlines

Date Location Eventbrite booking link Submission and booking deadline
5 December 2019 Edinburgh Click to book

19 November 2019

29 April 2020 Glasgow Click to book 8 April 2020
27 May 2020 Edinburgh Click to book 6 May 2020
7 October 2020 Glasgow Click to book 16 September 2020
2 December 2020 Edinburgh Click to book 11 November 2020

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