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JCQ Access Arrangements Training (Update/Refresher) - Pre-recorded Online Course (EAA2)

3.5 hours - £85

Our update/refresher course in JCQ Examination Access Arrangements is for delegates who already have a working knowledge of the JCQ regulations. This course is approved by the SpLD Assessments Standards Committee (SASC) for 3 Core CPD hours. Because it is an update course, it assumes a level of knowledge and experience. Delegates will be required to confirm that they have a good knowledge of the current JCQ regulations. For details of our introductory course, please click here.

This pre-recorded update course relates to the current JCQ Regulations for Access Arrangements.

The current course relates to the 2021/22 JCQ regulations. The course relating to the 2022/23 JCQ regulations will be available from 29th August.

With reference to the updates to the JCQ regulations for that year, set in the context of the changes over the last few years, the course covers:

  • Applying for AAs online
  • AA for candidates with Learning
  • Difficulties/EHCP/Disabilities
  • Recommendations for new and established tests
  • Assessing while social distancing
  • Completion of form 8
  • Case studies

The course tutors are Caroline Read and Lia Castiglione.

Caroline Read

Caroline Read

Caroline is a Specialist Teacher who has practical experience in all areas of the Access Arrangements process and trains for LAs, Universities and SEN Services. Caroline contributed to the PATOSS/JCQ publication ‘Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements’, has been published in academic journals and has worked with various publishers to develop tests. She was part of the working party which set up ‘Access Arrangements Online’ and has been involved with other DfE and Ofqual training and policy projects.

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione is Head of Training at Communicate-ed. She has been teaching and supporting learners of all ages for over 25 years and in varying educational settings. She is a specialist teacher who is highly experienced in all aspects of access arrangements, has held a current Assessment Practising Certificate since 2008 and regularly assesses in schools and colleges. Lia is the co-creator of a postgraduate access arrangements assessor course and is the author of the Patoss/JCQ book, ‘Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements.’ Lia serves on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Board of Directors.

This page is for booking the pre-recorded online course. You will have access to the pre-recorded course for 10 days from your selected start date. You can watch the course as many times as you wish during that period.

The current course relates to the 2021/22 JCQ regulations. The course relating to the 2022/23 JCQ regulations will be available from 29th August.

If you wish to book the course covering the 2022/23 regulations, please select a start date of 29th August or later.

We are holding the Communicate-ed Conference in September 2022, with face to face and virtual options avaialable, all including JCQ Update/refresher training. To view these options, please click here.

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For nearly two decades we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, the advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegates

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

As standard, you will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose, to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period. We also run special offers for some courses which give unlimited access to courses to the end of an academic year.

N.B. Delegates will need a good broadband connection to access our online courses.

This course is not assessed. However, for an extra £10 you can take an online multiple choice assessment that proves your knowledge of the JCQ regulations and procedures. If you pass, you can print out a certificate confirming your knowledge of the regulations to put in your CPD folder. To add this to your booking, please select it below when it asks if you want to ‘add assessment’.


  • Basic course fee £85.00


If you select a start date before 29th August, you will receive the course relating to 2021/22 regulations. If you select a start date of 29th August or later, you will receive the update course relating to the 2022/23 regulations.

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

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