Achieving DCS

Achieving DCS after one EQA review

To achieve DCS after one EQA review your report must:

  • be graded 1 exclusively for all criteria
  • have no outstanding actions from previous EQA report
  • include a minimum of 3 learners sampled, with at least 2 marked as ‘final’; other learners sampled can have ‘new’ or ‘mid’ status
  • be graded as A for reliability of assessment
  • for Reformed Functional Skills only include a sample of learners equal to the square root of submitted learners for controlled assessment or a minimum of 5 (where there are fewer than 5, a minimum of 3 learners must be sampled and marked as final).

Achieving DCS after 2 EQA reviews

To achieve DCS after 2 EQA reviews your centre must have 2 consecutive reviews over a maximum of 18 months and your EQA report must:

  • be graded 1, 2 or 3 for all criteria
  • include a gap of at least 30 days between the 2 reviews
  • have no outstanding actions from previous EQA report
  • include a minimum of 3 learners sampled on each review, with at least 3 marked as ‘final’ over the 2 visits; other learners sampled can have ‘new’ or ‘mid’ status
  • be graded as A or B for reliability of assessment
  • for Reformed Functional Skills only include a sample of learners equal to the square root of submitted learners for controlled assessment or a minimum of 5 (where there are fewer than 5, a minimum of 3 learners must be sampled and marked as final).