PDA in Conduct the Assessment Process

This PDA is for assessors of non-workplace standards, eg HNs or qualifications assessed during training courses or as part of off-the-job training.

The PDA has been developed to align to the current National Occupational Standard (NOS) in assessment, L&D9 ‘Assess Learner Achievement’ and omitting the requirement for the assessor-candidate to assess in the learner’s workplace.  Therefore, providing a benchmark standard for those who assess from a wide variety of different, non workplace settings.  For example, teachers or lecturers involved in the delivery of Skills for Work (SfW) courses or National Progression Awards (NPAs); training providers and Further Education (FE) centres offering Higher National (HN) qualifications and PDAs. 

This new PDA replaces (G9DA 47) - Carry Out the Assessment Process
This PDA is not for those who are assessing SVQs or other qualifications that are assessed in the workplace (who should undertake the Units L&D9D or L&D9DI).

Structure

 
PDA Title PDA Code Unit Title SQA Unit Code SCQF level SCQF credit
Conduct the Assessment Process GF8P 48 Conduct the Assessment Process H290 35 8 8

Unit specification

Access

Candidates should have a good understanding of the assessment cycle, ie preparing for, planning, and carrying out assessment. This may have been gained through already having had some involvement in the teaching/learning and/or assessment processes.
Access to this Unit is, however, at the discretion of the centre.

Target audience

Assessors – who assess a wide variety of different non workplace settings.  For example, teachers or lecturers involved in the delivery of Skills for Work (SfW) courses or National Progression Awards (NPAs); training providers and Further Education (FE) centres offering Higher National (HN) qualifications and PDAs. 

Progression

For people wishing to progress into a broader teaching/training role, the HNC in Learning and Development is suitable for those who will be assessing as an integral part of the training/teaching process.

For people wishing to become a workplace learning and development practitioner, the SVQ 3 in Learning and Development at SCQF level 8 is suitable for trainers, facilitators, mentors, tutors, coaches, instructors or anyone with a training responsibility in addition to their main job.

The SVQ 4 in Learning and Development at SCQF level 9 is aimed at senior trainers, or training co-ordinators/managers who plan, deliver and evaluate programmes and/or have some management responsibility for others.

Assessment Strategy

Candidates will gain this PDA/Unit by providing evidence of their competence as a practicing assessor. This evidence could be generated in a variety of non-workplace assessment contexts, for example assessing candidates for a First Aid Certificate in a simulated environment, assessing PC Passport in an open access centre, or assessing Units in a classroom environment.

The assessor Unit requires the assessor-candidate to assess the work of at least two candidates.  On commencing assessment, assessor-candidates should already be in an assessor role that allows them to meet all of the requirements of ‘Conduct the Assessment Process’. 

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