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Access Arrangements Coordination course (AACoord)OnlineContinuing Professional Development

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Learn how to competently administrate and process exam access arrangements for students within your setting with this Access Arrangements Coordination course. Gain the knowledge to navigate JCQ requirements and confidently oversee the entire application process after initial screening, including completion of key documents such as Form 8s and Form 9s, applying online and liaising with external bodies. You’ll work with the SENCO, students and parents to ensure a smooth application process and enable students to receive the support they require.

Why choose this course?

Through the Access Arrangements Coordination course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Oversee and coordinate the provision of access arrangements to eligible students 
  • Act as your setting’s main point of contact for staff and parents in relation to access arrangements 
  • Maintain knowledge of JCQ requirements, resources, legislation and best practice 
  • Collate and complete relevant paperwork, including part 1 of a Form 8, a Form 9, a Form BD25% for EAL students and a Form 8RF to roll the access arrangements forward
  • Complete formal applications for access arrangements via Access Arrangements Online (AAO), adhering to deadlines.  
  • Organise and manage student files and data, ensuring required evidence is up-to-date including keeping the qualifications of assessors and training of invigilators and access arrangement facilitators on file
  • Meet with the JCQ Inspector, answer their questions and show them the relevant paperwork.

Please note: This course does not qualify you to assess for access arrangements.

How will you benefit?

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of JCQ regulations for UK exam boards and access arrangements 
  • Support your SENCo or Access Arrangements Assessor with the administration of access arrangements
  • Embed a more efficient and effective access arrangements process in your setting. 
  • Be able to provide timely and accurate communication to parents, colleagues, and managers.
  • Become a crucial member of the team that ensures students receive the reasonable adjustments they need for success in their exams

The course content

  • Cover the essential principles of access and equality legislation.
  • Get to grips with the key principles and legislation that underpin exam 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.
  • Understand the process around completing relevant paperwork and forms 
  • Learn how to screen students to initiate the Access Arrangements process. 
  • Recognise good practice for invigilators 
  • Understand the regulations for prompters, readers and scribes
  • Explore how to keep records of exams and student data filed safely
  • Establish what to do when a student changes centre.

How will you be assessed?

The tasks for this course are contained within the activities and include: contribution to discussion threads, MCQs, talking / consulting with others, and reflective note taking. 

There are no assessed tasks for this course. You will however, be interacting not just online but also with a SENCo, a teacher, and a student who receives exam access in your centre.

How is the course delivered?


This flexible and accessible option is tailored to those who want to work online at their own pace.

The course requires approximately 30 hours of study time and you’ll have up to 3 months to finish. Our intuitive and easy-to-use online learning platform (Campus OnlineTM) will enable you to interact with your tutor and peers, track your own progress and access a wealth of resources.

Are you eligible?

AACoord is an open-access course, which means that no previous qualifications are required.

This course will be of particular interest if you work in the education sector and need to support the workload of your Access Arrangements Assessor or SENCo in:

  • Mainstream primary and secondary schools.
  • Special schools.
  • FE and HE institutions.
  • Independent and international schools and colleges.
You are required to interact with a SENCo, a teacher, and a student who receives exam access in your centre. If this isn’t possible, please contact us to discuss alternatives.

Are you based in an international setting?

The role of Access Arrangement Coordinator is an emerging role with responsibilities that may vary in different settings, including in international schools. Each setting has its own unique protocols and challenges, therefore we encourage you to contribute to the discussion forum as this will help build a wide understanding of different practice.

How much does the course cost and when does it start?

£450 + VAT

The AACoord course will launch on 20 September 2024. Book your place today and gain access as soon as the course is available.

Further study after AACoord

If you would like further training to enable you to support with the administration of tests, please see our Assistant Test User qualification or our Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing. To become a fully qualified Access Arrangements Assessor, please see details of our Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A) – please check the eligibility criteria for this course to check you would meet the JCQ’s requirements.

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