Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

CCEA is withdrawing the Essential Skills qualifications.

The final assessment opportunities for these qualifications will be October 2018.

Direct Claims

The Direct Claims System for Key and Essential Skills qualifications has been introduced as a means of supporting our centres in developing and maintaining quality assurance in the delivery and assessment of qualifications.

All centres offering Essential Skills or Key Skills are required to gain Direct Claims Status for each of the Essential Skills or Key Skills qualifications and levels offered in the centre. When Direct Claims Status is awarded the centre will be able to claim certificates for individual qualifications and levels without having to submit portfolios for External Moderation before the issue of results. This system has now replaced the Centre Accreditation System.

Direct Claims Status is based on criteria relating to quality assurance in the management, delivery and assessment of Essential Skills or Key Skills qualifications.

Does Direct Claims apply to all ACETS qualifications?

No, Direct Claims will be implemented on a phased basis across ACETS qualifications.

Please see Implementation Timetable below

  Trial Pilot Live
Key Skills, Essential Skills
QCFML
    From September 2010
Other ACETS   May 2012 Jan 2013

 

How does my centre obtain Direct Claims Status for Essential Skills or Key Skills qualifications?

In order to obtain Direct Claims Status centres must :

  • complete the Direct Claims Annual Form .This form can be accessed through the Examinations Officers Login on the CCEA website
  • complete two cycles of External Moderation without adjustment to teacher/tutor assessments on two consecutive occasions within the last 2 years).
  • attend a subject specific Agreement Trial
  • retain records of assessment and internal moderation for not less than 12 months from the date of the claim for certificates
  • facilitate a monitoring visit by CCEA once in a two year cycle

 

How does my centre maintain Direct Claims Status for Essential Skills or Key Skills qualifications?

Centres are required to:

  • complete the Direct Claims Annual Form .This form can be accessed through the Examinations Officers Login on the CCEA website
  • retain records of assessment and internal moderation for not less than 12 months from the date of the claim for certificates.
  • facilitate a monitoring visit by CCEA once in a two year cycle.

 

My centre has already gained accredited status do we have to apply for Direct Claims Status?

All centres that are accredited for Essential Skills or Key Skills qualifications will automatically obtain Direct Claims Status for the qualifications and levels they currently deliver. However centres are required to:

  • complete the Direct Claims Annual Form. This form can be accessed through the Examinations Officers Login on the CCEA website
  • retain records of assessment and internal moderation for not less than 12 months from the date of the claim for certificates
  • facilitate a monitoring visit by CCEA once in a two year cycle (or as required)

 

How does Direct Claims impact upon my centre?

Direct Claims Qualifications

Centres will be able to claim certificates for Direct Claims qualifications without having to submit portfolios for External Moderation before the issue of results.

Essential Skills centres complete the learner outcomes and submit these to CCEA. There is no requirement for portfolio collection as external moderation does not take place before the issue of results Certificates will be issued after the receipt of the learner outcomes.

Key Skills centres complete the TAC 1 and submit to CCEA. There is no requirement for portfolio collection as external moderation does not take place before the issue of results. Results will be issued in accordance with the results timetable (result dates can be found in the administration handbook).

Quality Assurance Moderation

Direct Claims qualifications are subject to Quality Assurance Moderation. Quality Assurance Moderation takes place annually after the issue of results. Centres are selected on a random basis and portfolio samples are submitted to CCEA (dates can be found in the administration handbook).

All portfolios and tasks must be retained in the centre for not less than 12 months from the submission of the TAC 1 (Key Skills) or outcomes (Essential Skills).

Non Direct Claims Qualifications

External moderation will take place before the issue of results for thise qualifications and levels that do not currently have Direct Claims Status, in addition the teacher/tutor assessments will be subject to adjustment.

CCEA external moderation will take place before the issue of results. Details of portfolio collection and result dates can be found in the administration handbook.

Please note that Essential Skills certificates will not be issued until after the issue of results for centres that do not have Direct Claims Status for Essential Skills Qualifications.

 

Can Direct Claims Status be withdrawn?

Direct Claims Status can be withdrawn for individual qualifications in the following circumstances:

  • After Quality Assurance Moderation, should moderators disagree with the teacher/tutor assessed levels submitted by the centre
  • After a monitoring visit, should the centre not provide the appropriate evidence relating to quality assurance of assessment

 

How can Direct Claims Status be reinstated if it has been withdrawn?

If Direct Claims status is withdrawn for an individual qualification, the centre must provide evidence to meet the Direct Claims criteria.

The centre must

  • complete two cycles of External Moderation, before the issue of results, without adjustment to teacher/tutor assessments(on two consecutive occasions within the last 2 years)..
  • facilitate Quality Assurance Monitoring
  • attend a subject specific Agreement Trial (if required)

 

Who can I contact for guidance in relation to any aspect of Direct Claims?

CCEA offer dedicated support for Direct Claims. The support can be offered in a number of way:

  • Tailored, specific support for your centre
  • Information and circulars
  • Support events

 

Should you have any queries please contact:

Crea McCormick
Tel: 028 90 261200 Extn 2239
Email: cmcormick@ccea.org.uk
Mobile: 07900055193