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JCQ Exam Access Arrangements Course

  • This course is designed for qualified assessment professionals who are required to make
    pre-examination adjustments and reasonable adjustments for examination candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries
  • This course reviews the requirements of the latest JCQ Regulations in the context of current legislation; reviews the process for applications for access arrangements; examiners relevant case studies and gives practice in the completion of JCQ Form 8 reports in support of Examination Access Arrangement requests

The course will cover any changes to the JCQ regulations: if you have previously studied this course then it may be useful for you to update your practice with this latest course.

Please note: course content may be subject to change

Who is this course suitable for?

Individuals with Dyslexia Guild Membership Grade (MDG) are eligible to apply.

This course is only open to those who hold a specialist full postgraduate specialist assessor qualification at Level 7 such as:

  • The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy
  • The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Other BDA or SASC accredited full level 7 university postgraduate courses in dyslexia/SpLD
  • OCR Level 7 diploma qualification or equivalent. 

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, please see our alternative EAA For Support Staff course

Course content and structure

This course is run as an e-learning course via moodle our virtual learning environment and provides:

  • Review of the latest JCQ Regulations for Exam Access Arrangements
  • Revision and updating for specialist teachers on the completion of NEW Form 8 for EAA
  • Brief coverage of theoretical background and technical terms
  • Discussion of case studies and report writing
  • Useful handouts eg. collation documents for centre record of history of need and provision for new Form 8
  • Discussion forum to share questions and ideas and to keep up-to-date

What will this course allow me to do? 

Qualified specialist assessors will, on completion of this course, be able to:

  • Update their professional practice through an accredited CPD course
  • Identify and interpret the latest JCQ regulations
  • Select appropriate assessment tests used for the purposes of access arrangements
  • Confidently complete the Form 8 report and return the relevant information required for the purposes of Examination Access Arrangements

About the course

  • Approximately 30 hours of online learning, conducted over a 8 week period (includes a two week mandatory online induction)
  • Tutor support throughout the duration of the course
  • This Unit equates to Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) See:   
  • Successful applicants will receive a dyslexia action certificate of continuing professional development for exam access arrangements

Dyslexia Action Training is a SASC Authorised CPD Provider. This course is suitable for those seeking to gain or renew their Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC). Five hours of the total learning hours for this course are recognised and accredited by SASC as fulfilling, in part, the (minimum) 20 CPD hours required over three years that contribute towards gaining or renewing an APC. APC candidates should present a representative portfolio of CPD study, professional development and self-directed learning. 

Pre-reading and assignments:

  • No pre-reading is necessary


Next Course

Our next online course will be available in September 2017.  Details will be posted in the summer.

Approved by:

The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC)

JCQ Regulations Update in September 2016

September's course will include up to date information on Exam Access Arrangements as per any changes to the requirements set by JCQ in September 2016. 

Are you aware of the changes JCQ have made for their criteria of specialist assessors? Find out more here

Please note Dyslexia Guild and Dyslexia Action Training is not affected by the news that on Thursday 13 April 2017 RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP were appointed as administrators of Dyslexia Institute Limited t/a Dyslexia Action. 

The Dyslexia Guild is our membership body which aims to promote discussion, information and research, and be a ‘one-stop shop’ for latest developments in the sector.