Assessment Graduate

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DEADLINE 18th March 2024
Guildford | Manchester
£24,000

Creating great assessments that allow students to share what they know is at the heart of AQA’s charitable purpose. It’s likely you’ve already taken one of our exams, every year more than a million students do. Those exams are created by our team of assessment professionals who work across 140+ different subjects, overseeing the creation of over 12,000 questions every year. All of those exams, and all of those questions, have to be carefully created each year to ensure they are accurate, can be marked reliably, and don’t have any unintended tricks or barriers. Our focus is on being fair to students, and we’re keen to recruit people who share that passion for fairness.

Join our AQA Early Careers Scheme as an Assessment Graduate and learn all about what goes into creating a good assessment, learning how each question is carefully curated to ensure it extracts the right information to allow credit to be awarded in a fair way. We’ll support your learning throughout the programme, ensuring you’re involved in real-time projects, such as working on future exam papers and supporting on a bold programme of work towards digital assessments, moving from desks in halls to an environment that better reflects how students learn and work. You’ll also work towards a CIEH Certification in Educational Assessment, an essential qualification for someone looking to become a fully-fledged Assessment specialist.   

We're looking for three Assessment Graduates to join us in September, two in Manchester, and one in Guildford.

What’s involved? 

Working in our Assessment function, you’ll work alongside subject experts to support customers, influence stakeholders and inform our strategic decisions. Spend your time gaining experience in areas such as Assessment Design, Assessment Production, Operations, Standards & Awarding and Curriculum. You’ll collaborate with others to review and analyse candidate results, understand the end-to-end processes involved in Assessment design, production, and delivery, and learn about the latest thinking and policies on design practice.

You could also be responsible for:

  • Editing and assisting in the approval of assessment materials, such as mark schemes and examiner evaluations
  • Analysing assessment performance data and creating a shared understanding of strengths and weaknesses of the assessment
  • Working alongside subject experts to support customers, influence stakeholder and inform AQA’s strategic decisions

During your second year on the programme, you’ll specialise in an area of interest, spending 6 months gaining more in-depth knowledge learning more about the process, how it works and the impact it has.

Who you are  

To be eligible for this role, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject area. Due to the nature of our business and the market we operate in - predominantly A levels and GCSEs – You need to be over the age of 18 years from 1st September 2024 to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

We’re looking for organised, curious individuals with the ability to drive collaboration and inclusion through their relationship building. You will enjoy demonstrating innovation and seizing business opportunities. We’re also keen to see your ability to overcome challenges and take accountability for your actions and results.

Other qualities we’d like to see include:

  • Good problem solving skills
  • Determination
  • Analytical approach
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

We believe everyone benefits from equality, diversity and inclusion, which is why we are keen to keep developing a diverse workforce with individuals from all backgrounds.

What’s on offer? 

We’re committed to continuing your development.  Alongside your qualification in educational assessment, there could be further opportunities to broaden your knowledge and skills, so we always encourage you to take a proactive approach to your future. Our Graduates also enjoy a benefits package, which includes:  

  • 25 days annual leave, not including Bank Holidays, rising with length of service, and additional closure days at Christmas   
  • Private medical insurance, health care cash plan and life assurance  
  • Gym access at Manchester, and discounted membership at Surrey Sports Park at Guildford
  • Smart hybrid working
  • Subsidised lunches
  • Headspace app access  

  Every journey starts with a question  

AQA are an education charity with over 120 years of assessment expertise and knowledge. We design and deliver fair assessments to more than one million learners every year. By always doing the right thing, we aim to never let them down. We’re more than just an exam board. Through our customers, we use our world-class research and expertise to help define the assessment world.      

Qualification: CIEH Certification in Educational Assessment  

Start Date: September 2024 

DEADLINE 18th March 2024