As the number of higher education (HE) courses offered in further education (FE) settings increases, so does the need for teachers and trainee teachers to develop their teaching skills. This text is written for all those working towards QTLS who are teaching or planning to teach HE courses. It examines what it means to teach HE and how a HE environment can be created in an FE setting. It gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessing HE courses in FE. A practical guide for all FE teachers and trainee teachers as the sector adapts to the needs of education today.

Assessing Learning in HE in FE

Assessing learning in HE in FE

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • define relevant key concepts and terms relating to assessment and feedback in HE, and relate these to college-based provision;
  • critically evaluate current debates and controversies relating to assessment practice in HE;
  • identify current debates and controversies within college-based contexts.


The assessment of students’ learning is as central an aspect of HE as it is of FE. Both sectors face similar public, institutional and academic pressures. Employers need to have confidence in HE courses that prepare students for the world of work. Colleges and universities draw on the results of formal, summative assessment as indicators of the wider quality of teaching and students’ learning. And teaching staff ...

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