Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

SQA code: GA2X 70

Ofqual code: 501/2181/9

Qualification Wales code: C00/3350/1

Total Qualification Time: 150 hours

Guided Learning Hours: 84 hours

Credit value: 15

 

This qualification covers the following areas:

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

Assess 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 award holder for the delivery and assessment of achievement in vocational qualifications in the work environment. It is also suitable for those who deliver vocational qualifications with applied learning.

Award holders can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of other smaller qualifications, such as the Level 3 Awards in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment or Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to equip assessor-candidates with the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding for the assessment of both a) occupational competence in the work environment, and b) 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 assessor-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).

 

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
  • 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, assessor-candidates need 15 credits.  They must complete the three mandatory units (15 credit points) from the following structure:

  • Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
  • Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

Practitioners who assess competence in both the workplace and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a non-workplace environments.

Entry

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 in order to start this qualification, assessor-candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. 

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as assessors who require formal recognition of their knowledge and skills for regulatory requirement purposes.

Progression

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement can lead to employment as a qualified assessor in further education or training provision, as well as a 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 assessor-candidate to complete three mandatory units (15 credit points).

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 demonstrate 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.