Part Time

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6 Weeks







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Who is this course for?

These qualifications are for people working in or looking to work in assessment and internal quality assurance.  The Level 3 provides a pathway for learners to understand assessment and if required, qualify as an assessor.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have an acceptable level of literacy and numeracy to be working at this level and possess an Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 qualification such as GCSE grade C or equivalent.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Learners who wish to achieve these units could be assessing competence or non-competence based learning, knowledge or skills. They will select the units and qualifications that meet the requirements of what they are assessing.

There are three awards and a certificate available at Level 3:

  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment is a knowledge-only award for those who are starting their journey as an assessor, or those who need to know about assessment practice but are not currently practising.
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment is for practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment using the following assessment methods: observation/examining work products/oral questioning and discussion/use of witnesses/learner statements/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement is for practitioners who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally related subject areas using the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments/skills tests/oral and written questions/assignments/projects/case studies/RPL.
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is for practitioners who may use all of the above-listed assessment methods based upon sound assessment principles.

How you will learn

This course is taught using a variety of methods including practical sessions, group discussions and written assignments.

Where could this course take you?

These qualifications can help you to progress your career as a qualified assessor or trainer.  You may also be interested in progressing to a related qualifications: Level 4 TAQA qualifications ; Award or Certificate in Education and Training.