Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

SQA code: GA2M 69

Ofqual code: 501/2189/3

Qualification Wales code: C00/3350/2

Total Qualification Time: 90 hours

Guided Learning Hours: 54 hours

Credit value: 9

 

This qualification covers the principles and practices of assessment, including the assessment of occupational competence in the work environment.

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.

Qualification rationale and objectives

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 in the work environment.

Holders can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification, such as the 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 occupational competence in the work 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.

Objectives

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 occupational competence in an individual’s work environment

What does this qualification cover?

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

To achieve the whole qualification, assessor-candidates need nine credits. To do this, they must complete both mandatory units from the following structure:

FD49 70          Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

FD47 70          Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • practitioners who assess occupational competence in the workplace and/or regulated qualifications

Entry

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

Progression

Candidates may progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (GA2X 70) on successful completion of the additional unit: Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (FD48 70). 

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment can lead to employment as a qualified trainer and assessor in work-based learning.

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 learner to complete both mandatory units (credit value 9).

Please refer to the qualification structure for more information

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

How to assess

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence that details what the assessor-candidate has completed at work. 

Methods of assessment include observation, questioning/professional discussion, and inspection of supporting work product evidence.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the assessor-candidate demonstrating that they carry out their assessing activity competently, both to the National Occupational Standards and in compliance with the sector skills council’s assessment strategy.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle

Additional information/useful links

Evidence trackers for centres are available on the SQA secure site.