What’s The Difference Between Awarding Bodies?
If you are embarking on your journey to becoming an Assessor you may have noticed that there are lots of different awarding bodies. First, let’s have a look at what awarding bodies do before we go into detail about the ones we choose to work with.
What Is An Awarding Body?
Awarding bodies are also sometimes referred to as awarding organisations or exam boards, but they all mean the same thing. They are all terms used to describe an organisation that designs, develops, delivers and awards the recognition of learning outcomes. These outcomes can include knowledge, skills and competencies and are measured following an assessment and quality assurance process.
Awarding bodies are experts at developing qualifications that meet the needs of both employers and the learners undertaking them. They are strictly regulated and ensure that the resources and qualifications they approve are of the highest standards. Standardisation is also a big part of the role of an awarding body, as they are responsible for ensuring learners receive the same level of assessment at all times.
Types Of Awarding Body
As you can imagine, there are lots of different awarding bodies. But when you get down to basics, there is not much difference between them all. At the end of the day, the course content, qualification and support given are the same; no matter which awarding body you go with. The only real difference is the name that you will see on the certificate at the end!
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is a government body whose job it is to ensure all the qualifications under their remit are delivered to the same standard. Their job is basically to make sure all awarding bodies toe the line.