Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

British Canoeing Awarding Body is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to ensuring access to, and fairness in, assessment for all candidates. This is regardless of:

  • Race
  • Ethnic or national origin
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Social class
  • Political or religious beliefs
  • Affiliations or other personal or professional characteristics which are acknowledged to have no bearing on assessment

This commitment to access to, and equal opportunities in, assessment has been translated into a range of principles underpinning the Awarding Body’s policies and procedures. All our personnel, associates and centres are obliged to follow this.

Principles, Policies and Procedures

In setting the structure and content of our qualifications, and in the processes and arrangements for assessment and awarding, we will ensure access to assessment and equality of opportunity in assessment for all candidates.

At the same time, we will safeguard the integrity of our qualifications. Below are listed the strategies that the British Canoeing Awarding Body will follow to ensure this:

  • All the Awarding Body’s employees, Senior External Verifiers, External Verifiers, other associates and approved assessment centres are required to adhere to the principle that no candidate must, at any time, be discriminated against on grounds listed above
  • It is a requirement for all approved centres that before they register candidates they should carefully assess their prior attainment and needs. This is to ensure candidates are registered at the level of the qualification appropriate to them
  • At the time of registration, candidates will be asked to complete an Equal Opportunities questionnaire, and the information yielded by the questionnaire will be recorded and monitored by the Awarding Body
  • In conducting assessments and reaching assessment decisions, Centre Assessors and Internal Verifiers and the Awarding Body’s External Verifiers will have to ensure that it is only the candidates’ skills, knowledge, understanding and competence that have a bearing on their assessment results. Assessment should not be influenced by any other factors. No candidate must be either discriminated against or given an unfair advantage.

Guidance to this effect has been issued to all personnel concerned and adherence to it will be continuously monitored by the British Canoeing Awarding Body. You can download the full Equality and Diversity Policy below.

BCAB Equal Opportunities for Access and Fairness in Assessment Policy  BCAB Equal Opportunities for Access and Fairness in Assessment Policy (Size: 473.6 KB)