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Third parties

Conditions

C. Third Parties

Arrangements with Third Parties

C1.1 Where an awarding organisation arranges for a third party to undertake, on its behalf, any part of the development, delivery or award of qualifications which the awarding organisation makes available, or proposes to make available, the awarding organisation must –

(a) ensure that the arrangements which it establishes with that third party enable the awarding organisation to develop, deliver and award qualifications in a way that complies with its Conditions of Recognition, and

(b) monitor and, where appropriate, enforce such arrangements so as to ensure that it is able to develop, deliver and award qualifications in a way that complies with its Conditions of Recognition.

C1.2 An awarding organisation must take all reasonable steps to ensure that, in making any such arrangements, it does not impose unnecessary or unduly burdensome requirements on third parties

 

Arrangements with Centres

C2.1 Where a Centre undertakes any part of the delivery of a qualification on behalf of an awarding organisation, this condition applies in addition to the requirements in Condition C1.

C2.2 Where this condition applies, an awarding organisation must ensure that arrangements between it and the Centre include a written and enforceable agreement.

C2.3 That agreement must in particular include provisions which –

(a) require the Centre to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the awarding organisation is able to comply with its Conditions of Recognition,

(b) require the Centre to take all reasonable steps to comply with requests for information or documents made by the awarding organisation or Ofqual as soon as practicable,

(c) require the Centre to assist the awarding organisation in carrying out any reasonable monitoring activities and to assist Ofqual in any investigations made for the purposes of performing its functions,

(d) set out all the requirements with which the Centre must comply in order to continue to deliver the qualification,

(e) establish a sanctions policy to be applied in the event that the Centre fails to comply with these requirements,

(f) require the Centre to retain a Workforce of appropriate size and competence to undertake the delivery of the qualification as required by the awarding organisation,

(g) require the Centre to have available sufficient managerial and other resources to enable it effectively and efficiently to undertake the delivery of the qualification as required by the awarding organisation,

(h) require the Centre to undertake the delivery of the qualification required by the awarding organisation in accordance with Equalities Law,

(i) require the Centre to operate a complaints handling procedure or appeals process for the benefit of Learners,

(j) set out any arrangements in relation to Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny that the awarding organisation will undertake or that will be undertaken on its behalf, and require the Centre to retain any data (including evidence generated by Learners and marked by the Centre) that the awarding organisation considers necessary to allow it to undertake that scrutiny effectively,

(k) specify a process to be followed in any withdrawal of the Centre (whether voluntary or not) from its role in delivering a qualification, and

(l) require the Centre to take all reasonable steps to protect the interests of Learners in the case of such a withdrawal.

C2.4 In the event that the Centre withdraws from its role in delivering a qualification, the awarding organisation must take all reasonable steps to protect the interests of Learners.

C2.5 The awarding organisation must, in respect of the parts of the delivery of qualifications which the Centre undertakes:

(a) provide effective guidance to the Centre, and

(b) make available to the Centre any information which, for the purposes of that delivery, the Centre may reasonably require to be provided by the awarding organisation.

Arrangements with Publishers

C3.1 Where an awarding organisation has in place an endorsement process, the awarding organisation must:

(a) take all reasonable steps to ensure that the endorsement process does not have an Adverse Effect, and

(b) publish the criteria which it uses to decide whether or not to endorse a particular resource.

C3.2 For the purposes of this condition, an ‘endorsement process’ is a process by which the awarding organisation endorses resources which are designed to support the preparation of Learners and persons likely to become Learners for assessments for a qualification which it makes available or proposes to make available.

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Reference to In2action - EPA Policy and Procedures

Date last reviewed

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