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Pearson BTEC - HN 4-7 - Applied Science - Senior External Examiner in London, United Kingdom

BTEC - HN 4-7 - Applied Science - Senior External Examiner

Reference: Senior External Examiner - HN Applied Science

Closing date: 16 December 2019 at midnight

Purpose of the role is to be the responsible expert in terms of specification interpretation and External Examiner (EE) standardisation for the range of programmes within a Principal Subject Area (PSA) at Levels 4-7. To monitor assessment and internal verification for a range of programmes at Levels 4-7 within a PSA in order to report on national standards across centres.

Key Accountabilities:

For a defined range of programmes within the PSA, the Senior External Examiner (SEE) will:

  • Sample assessment and internal verification decisions in order to report that national standards are maintained

  • Hold subject specific responsibility for assessment advice and standards

  • Offer specialist advice and support to centres and External Examiners (EEs) in relation to the content and interpretation of specifications, assessment and delivery

  • Provide sampling-related support and development to EEs

  • Review EE reports to comment on the maintenance of national standards

  • Identify and escalate issues of adverse standards interpretation

  • Undertake a proactive role in maintaining national standards

  • Source student work in order to develop the content for the training and standardisation of EEs

  • Lead and deliver training events to centres and EEs as required

  • Produce an end of year report within the parameters of a defined template in order to comment on nationals standards

  • Report back to Pearson within agreed service-level agreements (SLAs)

  • Contribute to Pearson’s ‘Ask the Expert’ service

  • Represent BTEC Assessment or Pearson as required

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

  • Champion the programme area to both internal and external customers

  • Oversee the delivery of effective, efficient and coherent training, standardisation and updating of all EEs to ensure the reliability of verification outcomes

  • Agree monthly activities with the Principal Standards Manager (PSM) including deadlines for all key activities and report on progress each month

  • Offer specialist advice and support to centres and EEs in relation to the content and interpretation of specifications, assessment and delivery

  • Create a one-team approach within the sector team where all EEs feel engaged and supported

  • Identify talent from within the sector that can be nurtured through development opportunities to ensure succession planning

  • Contribute towards evaluation of EEs performance through training and standardisation.

  • Work closely with Pearson to provide customer support and quality assurance guidance to ensure successful implementation of new products and services (e.g. RQF).

Previous Work Experience:


  • Substantial recent experience in verification of HNs and BTEC Professional Qualifications at Levels 4-7 within the sector

  • Significant experience in delivering and assessing HNs and BTEC Professional Qualifications at Levels 4-7

  • Higher level assessment and delivery experience across a range of qualifications

  • Be an A or B Grade Associate (from BTEC AA monitoring)

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


  • Experience of delivering or participating in online and face to face training and standardisation

Skills and Knowledge:


  • A clear understanding of the educational landscape and regulatory requirements for qualifications within the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)

  • Detailed knowledge of the specifications that comprise the area of expertise for the role

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Ability to edit materials to ensure they are grammatically correct and fit for purpose

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

  • Ability to understand the implications of decisions taken on Pearson’s behalf and not to operate outside the sphere of responsibility defined within this job description


  • Intermediate to advanced level skills in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Leading a team

  • Demonstrable people management skills

  • Roles of QAA and Ofqual

  • Knowledge of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

About Pearson:

We are the UK's largest awarding body and offer qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in a range of General and Vocational courses.

Application Information

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