Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

Total Qualification Time: 90 hours

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

This qualification is available through colleges, employers and private training providers.

This qualification is offered in England and Wales and is appropriate for the assessment of RQF and CQFW qualifications.

The qualification does not form part of an apprenticeship framework.

Qualification rationale and objectives


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 for the delivery and assessment of 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 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

Purpose of this qualification

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.  

The 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.

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

Recognition, progression and further information

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for practitioners who assess achievement in vocationally-related situations such as trainers, teachers or lecturers.

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. However, care should be taken to ensure candidates undertaking the award have the skills, potential and opportunity for its successful achievement.


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.

What approvals are needed

Centres must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

The qualification requires the candidate to complete two mandatory units (nine credit points).

Group award code: GA2N 69 (9 credit points)

Regulated code: 501/2190/X

Qualification title SQA Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (GA2N 69)
Qualification level 3
Credit value (TQT/10) 9
TQT 90
Guided learning hours (GLH) 54


SQA code Regulator code Title Level Credits GLH
FD49 70 D/601/5313 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment 3 3 24
FD48 70 F/601/5319 Asses Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding 3 6 30

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Support materials are available on SQA’s secure website; access to the secure website is through your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment strategy/Principle