CMIT Appeals Policy


This policy relates to QQI accredited courses only. Learners are entitled to appeal any assessment process or assessment result. It is QQI Policy that appeals should be made firstly to the provider (Local Appeals Process) and then to QQI (National Appeals Process). In a case where a Learner feels disadvantaged by the local Appeals Process they may appeal the provider’s process to QQI but not the assessment decision itself.

Appeals Form

Appeals to CMIT can be lodged using the CMIT Learners Appeals Submission Form and appeals to QQI can be lodged using same. Appeals Forms may be requested by telephone from CMIT. On receiving an Appeals Form, Learners must complete and return a signed copy of the form to the college marked for the attention of Quality Manage. Please note that QQI will not accept appeals directly from learners and any appeal must be processed through the college.

CMIT Appeals Procedures

The following procedures are in accordance with all CMIT Quality Policies. These procedures are subject to modification by the Directors of CMIT for updating or improvement purposes. Learners who wish to appeal a final grade must lodge their appeal to CMIT within 14 days of receipt of results. (An appeals form is available by contacting the college). If a request for appeal is not received within 14 days there is no means of appealing the grade and it shall constitute the final grade awarded to that learner. There is £200 appeal fee required to cover administration, Internal Verifier and External Authenticator costs. The CMIT Appeals Process is a comprehensive two phase process;

Phase 1: On receiving an application for appeal from a Learner the college will forward a copy of the learners course work including all tutor correspondence and assessment material to the following: Internal Verifier, Learners Tutor and an additional Tutor. The work will be reviewed against the stipulated assessment criteria, for accuracy and in respect of relevance to the cohort. The above parties must submit their findings within 14 days of receiving the Learners work. The findings will then be reported on to the Directors by the Internal Verifier and the proposed recommendations discussed and authorised. A feedback report will then be issued to the Learner detailing the findings of the Phase 1 review.

Phase 2: In a situation where a Learner is not satisfied with the results of Phase 1 they may request further review of their course work. On receiving this request the college will forward a copy of the Learners course work to an External Authenticator.  The work will be reviewed against accuracy and relevance to the cohort. The above party must submit their findings within 14 days of receiving the Learners work. The findings and recommendations will then be presented by the Internal Verifier at an Appeals Meeting and the outcome decided. A feedback report will then be issued to the Learner detailing the findings of the Phase 2 review.

Should a learner still request further action CMIT will then lodge an appeal on behalf of the Learner to QQI. At this stage QQI will not alter the grade or results of the Learner but will investigate the CMIT Assessment procedure. QQI Appeals Procedures (National Appeals Process) The QQI Appeals Procedure is a formal process that involves two stages. Following the submission of the Learners Appeals Submission Form including the £10 QQI Appeals Fee the appeal will be made to QQI by CMIT on behalf of the Learner. Appeals may be made to QQI within 6 months from receipt of notification to provider and within 1 year of receipt of certification.

Stage 1:  Internal QQI Review – At this stage QQI may require further evidence from a Learner in relation to the appeal.
Stage 2: Appeals Review Panel – Appointed to determine that the Learner has been treated fairly and that due process has been followed by the provider. The Panel may request to meet the Learner, who may be accompanied if required.

The outcome of the National Appeals Process will not alter a Learners grade however recommendations may be made to the provider for amendments to assessment processes