Good morning all,
I hope you are all well.
Please see update below from the RSPH regarding the Level 3 and 4 HCS Diploma [APT] courses that is applicable to all cohorts in the current pandemic situation – I will continue to update of any further developments:
I hope you are well.
We have discussed over the past few weeks what we could do about the assessment of learners for the above course during the current covid 19 pandemic and the unique situation of your learners and also the assessors and verifiers during this difficult time.
Specifically, the assessment covers the examinations that would normally be taken for some of the theory units, and the practical assessment that completes the work-based units.
The advice and guidance that we have received from Government and our regulators is to employ one of three strategies for learners that would normally be completing their course this Summer, or progressing onto the second year of their course.
The Government has stated that the calculate option is not appropriate for qualifications designed to signal occupational, professional or regulated competence. Calculation of results is also dependent on having a body of assessed work for the learners on which to base your calculations and there is also the expectation that the profile of results will reflect that of previous years, which means that RSPH would not expect you to calculate a Pass grade for all learners.
Adapt will allow awarding organisations and centre to modify their assessment or delivery models, for example by allowing remote invigilation of learners. Adaptation should not undermine the validity of the result. Whilst this would be a possible option for a number of qualifications it is considered that this would place undue pressure on the learners, their workplace and the assessors at a time when all concerned are very much involved in the response to the covid 19 pandemic.
Delay of the scheduled examinations and the practical assessment is therefore the only option that remains and the one that RSPH considers most appropriate for this qualification.
This will ensure that the learners are assessed to the same standard as previous and future cohorts.
We can agree on assessment dates once the current restrictions are eased. In doing so we will have due regard to the professional commitments of the learners, assessors and verifiers.
Dr Richard Burton
Director of Qualifications
The Royal Society for Public Health
John Snow House
59 Mansell Street,
London E1 8AN