Plagiarism is defined as the submission of someone else’s work, either willingly or unwittingly, as your own work for your own personal gain.
In relation to Learner assessment, a Learner will be said to have plagiarised someone else’s work if it has been confirmed through the assessment marking, moderation or verification processes that the work they have submitted has either been directly copied from, or is highly comparable to, another Learner’s work or it has been directly taken from another academic source without appropriate references to that source being included.
Collusion is defined as a collaboration between two or more individuals through the process of Learner assessment which leads to an assessment outcome being generated which is a false representation of the Learner’s knowledge, skills or ability.
Collusion may take place not only between Learners but also between Trainers/Assessors/Internal Verifiers and Learners to ensure Learners pass any assessment. It may also take place between Trainers/Assessors and IQAs responsible for any course delivery and Learner assessments to ensure a Learner or cohort of Learners successfully pass assessment (e.g. when an approved Centre trains their own staff for the purposes of making financial gain for the organisation).
Cheating is defined as any deliberate act by a Learner (or those in collusion with a Learner) which leads to an assessment outcome being generated which is a false representation of the Learner’s knowledge, skills or ability.
Acts such as a Trainer providing Learners answers to written question papers, giving hints throughout the course that will provide Learners with an unfair advantage in an assessment, or Learners passing answers to each other during the assessment process would be considered as cheating. Approved Trainers/Assessors or Internal Verifiers who have obtained or been provided with unauthorised access to assessment papers/guidance documents which have been used to give them an unfair advantage when undertaking assessment as a Learner themselves are considered to have cheated.
3. Learner Assessments – Acceptable Assessment Responses
Through the Learner assessment process, Learners are required to demonstrate that they have obtained and retained the knowledge, skills and ability required to satisfy the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of any qualification. Therefore, in order to be awarded any qualification and in terms of assessment evidence, Learners are required to submit their own work and prove through this that they have gained the necessary knowledge, skills and ability required to merit the award of any qualification and the issue of a qualification certificate.