Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

SQA code: GA2N 69

Ofqual code: 501/2190/X

Qualification Wales code: C00/3350/3

Total Qualification Time: 90

Guided Learning Hours: 54

Credit value: 9

This qualification covers the principles and practices of assessment including the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in non-work environments.

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges and is offered in England and Wales.

This qualification is appropriate for the assessment of RQF and CQFW qualifications.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification has been developed using the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Learning and Development and is designed to meet the assessor requirements of sector skills councils as defined in their assessment strategies.

Successful achievement of the award qualifies the holder to deliver and assess vocational qualifications with applied learning in non-workplace settings.

Award-holders can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification, such as the SQA Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (GA2X 70), or gaining employment.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to equip assessor-candidates with the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding for the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in non-workplace settings such as a classroom, workshop or training environment.  

Candidates' performance is assessed via a portfolio of evidence that details the activities they have completed. The evidence is produced by various methods of assessment appropriate to the task being carried out — for example, direct observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the candidate to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are, therefore, competent in their role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to provide candidates with:

  • the requisite knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices that underpin assessment
  • the skills of assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace


What does this qualification cover?

As this is a knowledge- and competence-based qualification, assessor-candidates will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, candidates need nine credits. They must complete two mandatory units from the following structure:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • Practitioners who assess learners' vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Whilst there are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved to start this qualification, assessor-candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. 


Award holders may progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (GA2X 70) on successful completion of the additional unit: Assess occupational competence in the work environment (FD47 70); 

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement can lead to employment as a qualified trainer and assessor in non-workplace settings.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete both mandatory units (credit value 9).

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (FD49 70) (3 Credits)

Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (FD48 70 ) (6 Credits)


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How to assess

A variety of methods of assessment can be used when assessing the assessor-candidate's knowledge and understanding, such as written/oral questioning; professional discussion; reflective accounts; and assignments.

The assessor-candidate's performance in assessing vocational skills in non-workplace environments such as workshops, classrooms or other training environments must be carried out by observation.

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