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Exam Access Arrangements: Online Mentored Training for Form 8 Report Writing

  • This course is designed for qualified assessment professionals who are required to make pre-examination adjustments and reasonable adjustments for examination candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries
  • This course reviews the requirements of the latest JCQ Regulations in the context of current legislation; reviews the process for applications for access arrangements; examiners relevant case studies and gives practice in the completion of JCQ Form 8 reports in support of Examination Access Arrangement requests

The course will cover any changes to the JCQ regulations: if you have previously studied this course then it may be useful for you to update your practice with this latest course.

If you are not currently a qualified assessment professional, one route in becoming an access arrangements assessor is taking the CPT3A course offered by our partners at Real Training. Please visit their website to learn more

Please note: course content may be subject to change

Who is this course suitable for?

Individuals with Dyslexia Guild Membership Grade (MDG) are eligible to apply. This course is only open to those who hold a specialist full postgraduate specialist assessor qualification at Level 7 such as:

  • The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate/ Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy
  • The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate/ Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Other BDA or SASC accredited full level 7 University postgraduate courses in dyslexia/SpLD
  • OCR Level 7 diploma qualification or equivalent 

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, please see our alternative EAA For Support Staff course.

Course content and structure

This course is run as an e-learning course via Moodle our virtual learning environment and provides:

  • Review of the latest JCQ Regulations for Exam Access Arrangements
  • Revision and updating for specialist teachers on the completion of the Form 8 for EAA
  • Brief coverage of theoretical background and technical terms
  • Discussion of case studies and report writing
  • Useful handouts eg. collation documents for centre record of history of need and provision for new Form 8
  • Discussion forum to share questions and ideas and to keep up-to-date
  • No pre-reading is necessary

What will this course allow me to do? 

Qualified specialist assessors will, on completion of this course, be able to:

  • Update their professional practice through an accredited CPD course
  • Identify and interpret the latest JCQ regulations
  • Select appropriate assessment tests used for the purposes of access arrangements
  • Confidently complete the Form 8 report and return the relevant information required for the purposes of Examination Access Arrangements

About the course

  • Approximately 30 hours of online learning, conducted over an eight-week period (includes a two-week mandatory online induction)
  • Tutor support throughout the duration of the course
  • This Unit equates to Level 7 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). See:
  • Successful applicants will receive a Dyslexia Action certificate of continuing professional development for Exam Access Arrangements

Dyslexia Action Training is a SASC Authorised CPD Provider.

  • This course is suitable for those seeking to gain or renew their Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC)
  • Five hours of the total learning hours for this course are recognised and accredited by SASC as fulfilling, in part, the (minimum) twenty CPD hours required over three years that contribute towards gaining or renewing an APC
  • APC candidates should present a representative portfolio of CPD study, professional development and self-directed learning. 



  • £295 (plus VAT)
  • £285 (plus VAT)  for Guild Members

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How to apply

  • 24 January 2018  (registrations are open until Jan 23rd)
  • 21 March 2018  (registrations will open 21st Jan)

Approved by:

The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).

JCQ Regulations September 2017 - 31 August 2018

This course will include up-to-date information on Exam Access Arrangements as set out in the JCQ Regulations 1st September 2017. 


The Dyslexia Guild is a professional membership body which provides services, information, training and research for specialist teachers, assessors and support staff working in the field of dyslexia/SpLD.  Guild members have access to a wide range of online resources and benefits and are able to network through online forums and our annual conference event.