External Examiner – Healthcare Practice and Social and Community Work

Opening Date:
26 May 2023
Closing Date:
30 Jun 2023
Salary Range:

Purpose of this Role

  • Provide Pearson education centre and tutors with advice on programme and assessment design and delivery.
  • Contribute to quality enhancement of the delivery through external examiner sampling and visit activities.
  • Ensure centres’ compliance with Pearson quality assurance expectations for RQF BTEC Higher National programmes.
  • Affirm national standards have been achieved and upheld.
  • Support centres in the delivery and assessment of BTEC Higher National programmes to national standards.

Key Accountabilities

Covering a defined range of programmes within a sector, the External Examiner (EE) will:

  • Undertake sampling of assessed student work to establish outcomes are in accordance with Pearson, and professional standards for Higher National qualifications.
  • Provide sampling-related reports, feedback and development advice to centres and Pearson.
  • Produce quality assurance reports for centres and Pearson on the sampling undertaken, outcomes reached, and support provided.
  • Apply appropriate sanctions, in consultation with the team, where necessary to assure quality of learning, teaching, assessment and professionalism.
  • Work with centres to develop and implement action plans where standards are not being upheld.
  • Facilitate sourcing materials for training and standardisation events.
  • Participate annually in online training and standardisation activities.
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate role of External Examiner

Previous Experience


  • Experience in healthcare education and where indicated below, statutory registration.
  • Familiarity with relevant professional standards, frameworks and healthcare and/or social and community care policies and guidance.
  • Previous external examining experience for RQF/FHEQ levels 4/5.
  • Evidence of recent, relevant continuing professional development (CPD) in the sector that demonstrates broad sector currency.


  • Experience in delivering and assessing BTEC Higher National qualifications in the subject areas.
  • A willingness to use technology-based approaches to communication and centre support.
  • Membership of a relevant professional body.
  • International education experience related to the healthcare sector.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Hold a recognised qualification at least at FEHQ Level 6 and a recognised health or social care qualification.
  • A student and customer-focused approach.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work within the scope of service level agreements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience using technology to communicate with a variety of individuals and teams.
  • A good working knowledge of the specifications relevant to the sector.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.


  • Knowledge of BTEC Higher National delivery and assessment.
  • Using systems approaches to quality enhancement.
  • Word processing, presentation (in-person and virtual)  and intermediate Excel skills.

About Pearson

  • We value the power of inclusive culture and embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Pearson promotes a company culture where differences are embraced as strengths, opportunities are equal and accessible, consideration and respect are the norm. Through our talent, we believe that diversity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant company. People are at the centre of our company. We are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace ecosystem where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Welcome to Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. We provide content, assessment and digital services to learners, educational institutions, employers, governments and other partners globally.
  • We are the UK’s largest awarding body and offer qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in a range of General and Vocational courses.

Application Options

To take advantage of this opportunity complete our online application