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The Assessment PathwayOnlineMaster of EducationValidated by Middlesex University


The Assessment pathway is your route to gaining specialist knowledge and skills within educational testing and assessment. Whether you’d like to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion: Assessment, choose this pathway to build, or continue, your skills in assessment.

Our SEND and Inclusion programme is developed, delivered and assessed by Real Training, awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University.

The Assessment pathway

The programme will enable you to:

  • interpret psychometric test scores
  • write assessment reports, and to understand and confidently interpret the reports of others
  • comply with the requirements of relevant legislation in your assessment processes
  • engage in critical reflection about assessment and intelligence testing practice
  • evaluate the impact of assessment and testing practice
  • apply knowledge and skills in assessment and testing in educational contexts

Why choose the Assessment pathway?

  • Enhance your understanding of educational testing and how best to support your students through our practice-led programme
  • Choose from a range of modules focusing on assessment, that suit your interests and the needs of your setting
  • Develop your career in assessment
  • Use the knowledge gained throughout your qualification to improve assessment practices within your setting
  • Feel confident on taking the lead on best practice for assessment within your school or setting

Who is the Assessment pathway suitable for?

This pathway is suitable for a wide range of roles, however we would recommend this pathway to those working as SENCOs, Assistant SENCOs, Exams Officers, Access Arrangements Assessors, Specialist teachers, and more.

What qualifications are available?

The Assessment pathway comprises core and recommended modules which focus on topics relating to assessment in educational settings. There is flexibility in the programme for you to choose modules from another area of interest, in place of the recommended modules, if you wish. The combination of both these elements enables you to tailor your programme to the needs of your setting, your interests or the direction you would like your career to take.

For all assessment pathway PGCerts, PGDips and MEd, delegates will need to complete at least 60 credits from the following core module options:

For PGDip and MEd, it is recommended to choose 120 credits from the above modules or our recommended module Auditing and Leading Improvement (60 credits). You can however also choose from the optional modules listed below.

To complete the full MEd with an assessment focus, the Enquiry-Based Practice (60 credits) needs to be your final module and your chosen research project for this module must have an assessment focus.

Optional modules, which can be chosen for this pathway, up to 60 credits:

Please note:

If you’d like to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma or MEd in SEND and Inclusion: Assessment, your programme must include one of our enhanced application and reflection modules which are; NASENCO, iSENCO, Leading Inclusive Practice, Auditing and Leading Improvement or Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

How is the Assessment pathway delivered?

Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.

Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.

You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

You will need to be working in an educational setting for this programme. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We can show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting. As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Please note: Some of our modules have specific eligibility requirements. Please check the course pages for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This programme is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

When do the courses start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

As it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Please note, this programme is currently subject to approval.

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