External Examiner - BTEC HN 4-7 - Applied Science

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Closing date:30 June 2019 at midnight 

We are currently recruiting for External Examiners for Applied Science: Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science & Polymer Science. 

Purpose of this Role

  • Undertake sampling of assessment and internal verification decisions for units from a range of programmes within a Principal Subject Area (PSA) in order to affirm that national standards have been achieved and upheld

  • Support centres during the sampling process

  • Support centres in the delivery of BTEC Higher National programmes to national standards.

Key Accountabilities

Covering a defined range of programmes within a PSA, the External Examiner will:

  • Undertake sampling of student work within defined parameters and rules to establish whether assessment outcomes and internal verification processes meet national standards

  • Ensure adherence to Pearson defined quality assurance procedures

  • Provide sampling-related support and development to centres

  • Produce reports for centres and Pearson on the sampling undertaken, outcomes reached and support provided

  • Apply appropriate sanctions where it is deemed that flawed assessment or internal verification decisions or processes mean that national standards are not met

  • Produce targeted actions for centres to assist with remedial action where national standards are not being upheld

  • Support centres to understand and implement identified actions

  • Source materials for training and standardisation

  • Report back to Pearson and centres following External Examiner activity within agreed service-level agreements

  • Provide source materials for the standardisation of centre assessors, internal verifiers as requested

  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the work of BTEC Assessment in relation to this role

Previous Work Experience:


  • Significant experience in delivering and assessing Applied Science qualifications at Levels 4 - 7

  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the field of assessment and delivery of Applied Science qualifications at Levels 4 - 7

Skills and Knowledge


  • Qualified to degree level or above in an Applied Science subject

  • Engage in online training and standardisation and to use technology-based approaches to communication and centre support

  • Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills

  • A good working knowledge of the Applied Science Higher National specifications

  • A customer-focused approach

  • Need to meet deadlines

  • Develop and monitor clear action plans

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • IT literate with Word processing and Excel skills

  • Secure and reliable internet connection