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External Examiners

External examining provides one of the principal means for maintaining UK threshold academic standards within higher education institutions. At the College we use external examiners’ reports to both assure quality and standards and to help identify opportunities for enhancement.

External examiner reports are available internally for students on their VLEs (Moodle).

Organisations responsible for carrying out external reviews within the College include:


Pearson appoints Standards Verifiers (previously known as External Examiners) for all of our  BTEC Higher National programmes, and provides the College with the opportunity to present evidence that our systems continue to be suitable, and are used to carry out the required assessment functions. This includes reviewing the consistent application of policies affecting learner registrations, appeals, internal examination and standardisation processes. Through annual independent assessment review the Standards Verifier (SV) will:

  • confirm that internal assessment is to national standards and allow certification or
  • make recommendations to improve the quality of assessment outcomes before certification is released or
  • make recommendations about the College’s ability to continue to be approved for the qualifications in question.


Like the College, UCLan values feedback from external examiners as part of its internal quality assurance processes and takes care in the appointment process, briefing of external examiners, and guidance on the role of external examiners and the reporting mechanism. The College is required to respond formally to suggestions for action from external examiners. Agreed actions are reported on and followed up via the annual monitoring process. You can read more about the process here.

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria’s Procedures and Processes align to the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education and can be found here

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