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Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


The course

You will gain a nationally recognised assessing qualification that will enable you to assess in both the workplace and training environment. You will receive detailed feedback for your written work and the practical assessments that you carry out, developing you as an assessor and preparing you become an independent assessor.

It is a generic qualification, meaning once you achieve it, you are qualified to assess in any subject/environment that you are competent in.

It provides one third of the qualifications to run your own training centre and teach on the courses yourself. This is known as the Teaching, Assessing & Quality Assurance (TAQA) pathway of qualifications.

It consists of four separate accredited qualifications:

  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (501/0888/8)
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (501/0882/7)
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (501/0886/4)
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (501/0885/2)

Who the course is for

This course is designed for anyone either currently in a workplace assessing role or looking to develop in such a role.

What you will learn

You will learn the various stages of carrying out valid and reliable assessments. This includes the initial assessment of your candidates, planning your assessments, effective observations with supplementary questions and constructive feedback. 

You will receive ongoing feedback as your progress through the course, meaning you will learn from your mistakes and develop as an assessor. Ultimately, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a professional and reliable independent assessor.

How it is delivered

The first part of the course is knowledge based. You will attend five full day workshops delivered every two weeks where you will learn about the principles and practices of assessing. You will be provided with accompanying course textbook to guide you through the assessment questions. Mornings will consist of a taught session followed by supported study time in the afternoon to carry out the work required to complete the module. 

The second part of the course is work based practical assessments. You will need to complete four workplace assessments of learners and four vocational assessments. Two of your assessments will need to be observed by an assessor and these will be arranged with you individually.

Finally, you will complete a professional discussion on the assessments you have completed, before your portfolio is formally assessed and nationally certified. 

Course length

The taught sessions will be delivered over ten weeks. You will then be given up to six months to complete your work-based assessments and portfolio.

The course will start in September 2022

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to receive funding for this course you must:

  • Have good levels of numeracy and literacy
  • Be employed by a Durham County Council Commissioned Adult social care provider
  • Have a minimum of three years' experience of working in Adult Social Care
  • Possess a Level 3 Diploma in Adult Social Care or higher
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