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Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations

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Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations (in association with Cambridge Assessment)

2017/18 Graduate comments;

"I really valued interacting with great people who are committed to teaching, learning, assessment. Day schools - powerfully affirming, wonderful speakers"

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thank you for giving me the confidence to influence others in the workplace"

"I've had a really enjoyable experience on the course - in so many ways. I've gained knowledge for professional benefit but also so much personal confidence"

Course overview

A one-year, part-time practice-based and professionally relevant course in assessment and examinations, grounded in current research and theory, led by tutors from Cambridge Assessment and the Faculty of Education.

Principles of assessment

  • Purposes of assessment
  • Validity and quality of forms of assessment
  • Standard-setting, consistency and reliability

Validation of assessment

  • Evidence in public examinations, including external examining and awarding
  • Validation of assessment practices

What will I gain from it?

As a course participant you will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of assessment in an academic environment
  • Benefit from working on a small scale enquiry in an area of professional interest
  • Build strong networks and relationships beyond your specialist sector
  • Gain formal recognition of your achievements with a University of Cambridge postgraduate certificate

As an employer you will:

  • Support your staff through accredited CPD, engaging with experts
  • Gain motivated staff who have a deep, wide-ranging and evidence-based understanding of the field

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is for people working in assessment who want to upgrade their knowledge and understanding of assessment and examinations. It will be valuable to you if you are working for an awarding organisation or a government body, if you are an examiner or if you are a teacher with a special interest in educational assessment and examinations.

  • Award: PCES (60 credits)
  • How is it assessed?: Submission of 2 x 4000 word assignments
  • Cost: £2900 per participant (£6600 Overseas fee). This will be payable either in full at the beginning of the course or in three termly instalments.
  • When is it available?: Oct 2019– July 2020
    . Day School dates in 2018 are are 6th Oct 2018, 3 Nov, 19 Jan 2019, 16 Feb, 27 Apr, 18 May. 2019/20 dates are likely to be similar but are yet to be confirmed.
  • Who is teaching it?: The course is led by a teaching team of staff from the Faculty of Education and Cambridge Assessment. The team is chaired by Dr Ayesha Ahmed
  • Method of study: On-line and face to face attendance at the Faculty of Education, at six Saturday Day Schools

How to apply

Please fill in an application form. Applications should be submitted no later than 3 June 2019. Please note we are unable to accept applications after the application deadline.

Any course queries should be directed to

Further Information

Please see the Cambridge Assessment website.