Innovation in Assessment

Educational Standards, Qualifications & Curricula

We support education and certification organisations to develop and modernise their learning programmes. We work across school, vocational and professional education, connecting research, global best practice and local requirements to produce trusted and defensible programmes.

This includes developing academic, occupational and professional standards, qualifications, and associated curricula. This work often includes helping regulatory bodies decide how assessment and certification will work within programmes of learning – establishing what assessment steps a candidate should go through, how scores are given, how results on different assessment elements combine, and how grades and outcomes are awarded.

One of our strengths is that we can deploy large, multi-disciplinary teams able to provide an end-to-end service; from working with stakeholders to produce standards, through qualification and assessment design, to curriculum design and teacher training for delivery.

Occupational Standards

We have developed over 100 occupational standards – job role descriptions that help establish industry-wide standards and underpin the design of modern vocational qualifications. We support governments in aligning occupational standards both with provider programmes in teaching and learning, and with labour market-driven initiatives.

Qualification Design & Development

We advise on different approaches to designing qualifications, frameworks and standards, and help develop and deliver these in vocational, professional and academic disciplines, often while ensuring they fit within regulatory standards. Deciding how the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours are articulated within a qualification (and how assessments will be made to ensure successful candidates meet the required standard) are critical in determining the content and style of curriculum.

Our team of professional qualification and assessment specialists work alongside subject experts to develop fit-for-purpose qualifications that meet regulations and work for learners and training providers. Our qualifications also meet validity and reliability requirements and provide a sound platform for writing assessments.

Modernisation of Curricula 
& Learning 

AlphaPlus provides a full-service design and development package for learning programmes – from professional standards and competency frameworks to learning resources, delivery support and professional assessment and accreditation.

Around the world, we see many curriculum and assessment processes that focus on teaching rather than learning, on memorisation of facts and rote learning of processes. Modernisation involves moving to more active pedagogy, embedding competency and functionality in traditional subject-centric programmes, and ensuring that critical thinking, creativity, and interpersonal skills are given sufficient time to develop.

We are research-led, but practical and pragmatic in our approach to reform. We see assessment and evaluation as critical in providing information about how curricula ‘land’ in practice, and we look to work throughout the lifecycle of curriculum reform, including working with teachers to develop their practice.

AlphaPlus is known for its willingness to innovate in assessment, often using technology to support both personalisation and active learning. However, we are committed to learning as a community activity, seeking to ensure that innovation sustains teachers at the heart of learning rather than excluding them from it.

Policy & Governance

Many exams take place in highly regulated environments where the stakes are high for the candidate, their training centre, the certification body, and the people who trust and rely on the certification awarded. We support certification bodies in ensuring that their qualifications are worthy of that trust – ensuring that regulatory compliance, governance processes and the performance of the assessments themselves meet global standards.

For more information please get in touch

+ UK Enquiries
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Fraser Talbot
+44 (0) 161 470 2071
+ International Enquiries
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Syed Shah
+44 (0) 7389 830370

AlphaPlus have guided us through a process that was unknown to us before we started, we didn’t know what we didn’t know. They have been forthcoming in providing advice, clarificaiton and explanation to ensure we understood what was required and to inform our descision making.

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– IFoA – Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

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