You won’t need to fit your working life around our level-7-equivalent course. You won’t even struggle to shoehorn our CPT3A into your day-to-day commitments.
Learn how to use psychometric instruments effectively (CCET) and apply them in exam access arrangements (AAC) confidently and competently. Realise your potential with the most accessible, flexible and professional training available.
Seven level-7-defining reasons to study with us
- Become an assessor for access arrangements (previously known as a specialist assessor) – take the original level-7-equivalent standalone course for access arrangements assessors.
- Discover how to really write access arrangements for public examinations – know and apply the principles at the heart of all access arrangements.
- Understand everything that you need to know about psychometric tests – find out how assessments using psychometric tests are developed, how to use them effectively and interpret the results.
- Implement the latest Joint Council for Qualifications’ (JCQ) regulations and guidance – confidently apply the regulations in your setting.
- Gain the British Psychological Society’s (BPS’s) Test User Educational qualification – and join the BPS’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).
- Choose from a range of flexible e-learning and/or intensive courses – and select one of three different routes designed to fit in with your day-to-day – online, face-to-face intensive, or a classic mixture of both.
- Exit the course with 30 credits at level 7.
All access arrangements assessors (previously known as specialist assessors) must have an appropriate level 7 or equivalent qualification by 31 August 2017. Does CPT3A fit the bill?
Yes, without a doubt. As a level-7-equivalent postgraduate course in individual access arrangements assessment, CPT3A fully meets the JCQ access arrangements assessor requirement (previously known as the JCQ specialist assessor requirement).
Read the JCQ’s latest assessor criteria.
This level-7-equivalent course is made up of two of our most popular modules. Our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) module will teach you how to use psychometric instruments effectively and our Access Arrangements Course (AAC) will show you how to apply them in exam access arrangements. If you already have CCET, you can take the AAC course on its own. Simply look on the AAC course page to find out more.
In addition to all of the good reasons above CCET will also enable you to:
- Build competence and confidence in educational testing.
- Analyse test manuals to decide if a test is reliable, valid and appropriate to your students.
- Develop hypotheses about your students’ learning and identify barriers to learning.
- Discover how tests are developed and standardised, so you are able to identify and overcome barriers to learning.
- Know when it is appropriate to undertake a test.
- Gain the vital knowledge that will enable you to read, write and interpret reports, allowing you to better support other professionals, such as educational psychologists.
- Understand and confidently interpret reports from other professionals.
- Become familiar with theories about testing and psychometrics, including relevant statistical concepts.
- Learn how to administer, select and evaluate a range of educational tests and assessments in line with the Data Protection Act.
- Get to grips with the legislative and policy framework.
- Understand the purposes of testing and assessment and develop the ability to interpret test scores and integrate those test scores with other forms of assessment.
- Carry out an effective assessment of a learner and report the findings in a way that is intelligible to a lay person.
- Access the BPS online database of test reviews.
AAC will equip you to:
- Understand and apply the principles of access arrangements.
- Get to grips with the essence and implications of the relevant legislation.
- Write suitable and appropriate assessment reports for submission to examination boards where they are required.
CPT3A will allow you to:
- Write reports on access arrangements.
- Meet the latest access arrangements assessor JCQ regulations (previously known as the specialist assessor JCQ regulations) for exams.
- Lead on the exam access arrangements process and ensure that your access arrangements assessor (previously known as a specialist assessor) holds an appropriate qualification.
- Apply to be entered on to the publicly searchable BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use – an established route to a PGCert, PGDip or MEd.
- Gain 30 transferable academic credits from Middlesex University that you can use against subsequent applicable postgraduate courses with Real Training, Middlesex University and other institutions.
Choose from three different study routes
Take our CPT3A and choose from study options designed to fit in with your day-to-day commitments. We are confident that this is an efficient route to becoming a Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) recognised access arrangements assessor (previously known as a specialist assessor).
Route one: Classic (CCET intensive and AAC online)
First, you will attend a three-day intensive version of CCET with online components, followed by the AAC element online.
Route two: Online (CCET and AAC online)
The entire course (the CCET and AAC parts) can be studied online using our intuitive and easy-to-use online learning platform (Campus OnlineTM). This enables you to interact with your tutors and peers, track your own progress and access a wealth of resources. You will also receive a comprehensive training manual.
Route three: Intensive (CCET and AAC intensive)
If you prefer face-to-face learning, our intensive CPT3A with online components is for you. Take our three-day intensive CCET at a quality hotel near you, followed by our one-day AAC at a similarly comfortable venue at locations across the country.
If you already have CCET, you can take the AAC course on its own.
Find out more about the intensive and online modes of study.
CCET intensive course dates
- 25–27 January (Grange Holborn Hotel, London). SOLD OUT
- 22–24 February (Cottons Hotel and Spa, Knutsford, Manchester).
- 1–3 March (Grange Holborn Hotel, London).
- 22–24 March (Cottons Hotel and Spa, Knutsford, Manchester).
- 26–28 April (Grange White Hall Hotel, London).
- 28–30 June (Kettering Park Hotel and Spa, Midlands).
- 5–7 July (Grange White Hall Hotel, London).
- 26–28 July (Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Thorpe Park, Leeds).
All intensive courses require a deposit of £500 + VAT to secure a place.
Find out more about CCET.
Book your place today.
AAC intensive course dates
If you elect to take the online route, you will not be able to commence the online AAC until you have successfully completed the online CCET.
If you take the intensive route, choose from one of the dates below. Be aware, however, that the date of the intensive AAC must follow the date of the intensive CCET.
You will need to leave at least four weeks between the end of the three-day attendance element of the intensive CCET and the start of the intensive AAC. We recommend that you carry out a substantial amount of the CCET assignments before attending the AAC intensive. Ideally, you should have submitted the written assessment report. It is your responsibility to ensure that you manage your own workload re the completion of CCET and AAC. Any work not completed before you attend the AAC event will need to be completed afterwards.
- 27 January (Fortwilliam Resource Centre, Belfast).
- 1 February (Cottons Hotel and Spa, Knutsford, Manchester).
- 8 March (Kettering Park Hotel and Spa, Midlands).
- 28 April (Antrim Board Centre, Antrim).
- 15 May (London, venue TBC).
- 5 July (Cottons Hotel and Spa, Knutsford, Manchester).
- 27 September (London, venue TBC).
- 6 October (Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Thorpe Park, Leeds).
Find out more about AAC.
Book your place today.
Add real value to your school
- Save money, bring assessment skills in house.
- Ensure value for money from support services – with your improved ability to target and commission quality services.
- Be able to provide accurate and reliable evidence and advice to parents, colleagues and managers.
- Gain real expertise in the reading and writing of professional reports.
- Register competence on the publicly searchable BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use.
- Complete the extension module (AAC) and you will be able to write reports for access arrangements.
Learn on the job
- Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
- Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.
Engage with flexible e-learning
- Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
- Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
- Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
- Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
- Utilise the latest video and multimedia content, case-studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation and webinars.
Gain the respected CPT3A qualification
As soon as you complete this module, you will be awarded the CPT3A qualification. Also, when you pass this course, you will have gained a qualification designed to meet the requirements of the JCQ and the access arrangement regulations.
Connect with your peers
- Obtain exclusive access to Campus Online.
- Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.
We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.
Liaise with experienced tutors
- Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
- Receive expert guidance from us throughout the module.
Our tutors know the education sector inside out.
Choose a start date that suits you
The online course can be started at any time. The intensive course dates are listed above and we usually hold at least six events per year.
Educational test administration
- Introduction to testing.
- Administering and scoring tests correctly and accurately.
- Maintaining security and confidentiality of the test materials and test data.
The statistical principles of psychometrics
- Standardisation and how tests are created.
- Interpretation of data in comparison to the rest of the population.
- Test theory and reliability – how accurate and reliable are tests?
- Validity – how do we know what tests are actually measuring?
Using attainment and ability tests
- Theories of intelligence and how they affect test construction.
- Test bias, influences on outcomes and making adjustments to accommodate disability; including anti-discriminatory practice.
- Choosing tests that meet your needs and are fit for purpose.
Assessment, interpretation and giving feedback
- Making good decisions about using psychologist tests.
- Interpreting test data and using it correctly and wisely.
- Providing written and oral feedback to clients and their carers.
- using and understanding alternatives to test data.
- Cover the essential principles of access and equality legislation.
- Get to grips with the key principles and legislation that underpin examination access arrangements.
- Gain access to some of the most useful international and domestic information sources.
- Compare the key principles, legislation and practices in a variety of contexts.
- Assess a client in your setting for access arrangements.
- Grasp and be able to summarise the key assessment principles.
- Engage with a broad range of illustrative case studies.
- Be able to write reports that are fit for purpose.
How will you be assessed?
You will need to produce:
- Multiple choice questionnaires on the purpose and types of assessment and statistical principles.
- A paper on the statistical principles that underpin psychometric tests.
- A critical review of an educational test in line with European standards.
- A test paper on intelligence testing and discrimination.
- Video evidence of test administration competence.
- A comprehensive written report of an assessment, including test scores from at least two administered psychometric tests.
- Video evidence of competent oral feedback to a client or the client’s parents/carers.
CCET is an open-access course
You will not need any prior qualifications for the CCET part of the course.
AAC restrictions impact on CPT3A
There are some stipulations as to who can become an access arrangements assessor (formerly specialist assessor).
- First, in the majority of cases, you will need to have an undergraduate degree.
- Secondly, you will need to ensure that the restrictions below do not apply to you.
If, however, you do not possess an undergraduate degree, but believe that you are ready for level 7 study, you will need to complete a pre-course essay on the purposes of assessment in education. If, upon submission, your essay evidences that you are ready to study at level 7, then you will be able to take CPT3A with us.
The JCQ access arrangements assessor (formerly specialist assessor) restriction that you must be aware of before you apply
The JCQ publishes criteria that must be met if you wish to be an access arrangements assessor (formerly specialist assessor). This level-7-equivalent course meets all of the criteria laid down by the JCQ with one exception: the requirement that access arrangements assessors (formerly specialist assessors) hold an appropriate teaching qualification.
Do you have an ‘appropriate qualification’?
To become an access arrangements assessor (formerly specialist assessor) the JCQ requires that, as well as holding a suitable qualification in assessment, you also need to hold an appropriate qualification to teach and make recommendations for secondary aged or adult learners who have learning difficulties.
You have an appropriate qualification if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Hold qualified teacher status (QTS) or qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS).
- Are an employed teacher in FE, HE or the independent sector.
- Have qualified as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA), or are working as an HLTA.
- Possess a teaching qualification, but do not work in a school setting (e.g. a consultant). If you tick this box, you will need to have access to students and test documents, etc.
Please bear in mind: teaching assistants (TAs) are not usually eligible to become access arrangements assessors (formerly specialist assessors).
We ask all those who enrol to complete a pre-course information questionnaire that will check your eligibility. If, in the unlikely event, you are not eligible, you will be entitled to withdraw from the course and the fee will be cancelled.
Do get in touch if you wish to discuss your individual circumstances.
JCQ regulations say that access arrangements assessors (formerly specialist assessors) need an appropriate level 7 or equivalent qualification, and at least ‘100 hours relating to individual specialist assessment’.
Does CPT3A meet these needs?
Yes, this course satisfies all of the latest JCQ regulations.
Please note: CPT3A always takes account of the latest JCQ regulations. At the time of writing, the most recent JCQ regulations relate to 2016/2017 and came into effect on 1 September 2016. This course will enable SENCOs/access arrangements assessors (formerly specialist assessors) to implement the latest JCQ regulations and guidance; prepare suitable and up-to-date assessments; and submit correct and accurate evidence to exam boards.
Read the JCQ’s latest assessor criteria.
We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:
Route one: Classic (CCET intensive and AAC online)
- Non-residential – £2,250 + VAT.
- Residential – £2,500 + VAT.
Route two: Online (CCET and AAC online)
- Online – £1,800 + VAT.
- Online in three instalments – 3 x £625 + VAT = £1,875 + VAT.
- Online in ten instalments – 10 x £192 + VAT = £1,920 + VAT.
Route three: Intensive (CCET + AAC intensive)
- Non-residential – £2,350 + VAT.
- Residential – £2,600 + VAT.
You will need to pay a deposit to reserve your place on one of our popular intensive courses (currently £500 plus VAT).
How do I pay for the British Psychological Society’s (BPS’s) Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)?
You will need to settle this directly with the BPS. They will charge you a separate fee when you join their RQTU. While you are not obliged to do so, we strongly advise you to take advantage of the professional benefits of being on the RQTU.
You will not need to pay the BPS any RQTU joining fee until you have completed CPT3A.
Find out more about the costs, benefits and how to apply on the BPS’s website.
Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.