External Examiner/BTEC Higher Nationals Computing


External Examiner (EE)

BTEC Higher Nationals 

Purpose of this Role

Affirm national standards have been achieved and upheld

Monitor through external examiner sampling and visit activities, centres’ compliance with Pearson quality assurance expectations for RQF BTEC Higher National programmes

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 sector, the External Examiner (EE) will:

Undertake sampling of assessed student work within defined parameters and rules to establish    that centres are assessing learning outcomes in accordance with Pearson standards for its Higher National qualifications

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 in consultation with the team leader where it is deemed assessment outcomes are not consistent with the published national standards being met

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

Support centres to understand and implement identified actions

Facilitate the Senior External Examiner (SEE) in sourcing materials for training and standardisation

Report back to Pearson and centres following EE activity within agreed service-level agreements

Undertake any other duties appropriate to the work of Technical and Professional Assessment in relation to this role

Previous Experience:


Significant experience in delivering and assessing BTEC Higher National qualifications in the subject area


Hold a qualification at least at Level 6 and a full and relevant competence qualification for working in the sector 


Participation annually in online training and standardisation and successful completion of the set standardisation activity



Evidence of recent Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the sector

A willingness to use technology-based approaches to communication and centre support


Skills and Knowledge


Excellent communication, written, verbal, IT and interpersonal skills

Good working knowledge of the specifications that comprise the area of expertise for the role

A customer-focused approach

The need to meet deadlines

Develop and monitor clear action plans

Ability to work effectively as part of a team


 Word processing and intermediate Excel skills


About Pearson

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Application Information

We have a number of opportunities available for teaching professionals to join our growing teams of examiners, moderators and verifiers.

Application Options

To take advantage of this opportunity complete our online application

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