Assessing Vocational Achievement

Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate
Level 3

There are start dates for this course throughout the year. Please apply and at your interview we can place you on a course that meets your requirements.

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About this course

If you are carrying out assessments of occupational competence in the workplace and in a simulated environment such as workshops, classrooms, environments in a college or other training provider, then this is the qualification for you. It is a roll-on / roll-off course, with various start dates, and can be completed within a year or sooner.

The course is delivered on a flexible basis where you will be allocated an assessor to support you individually through your assessor qualification. They will assess your competence, by observing you assessing your candidates in their working environment.

Financial Support

If you're aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us.

Tel: 023 8048 4848

What you will learn

Unit 301 - Understanding the principles and practices of assessment. This unit is theory based which covers eight principles of assessment. The aim of this unit is to assess the learning and development of your knowledge, understanding and practices of assessment.

Unit 302 – Assess occupational competence in the work environment. The aim of this unit is to assess the candidate assessor’s performance in assessing occupational competence in an individual’s work environment. You will be required to carry out two assessments on two candidates (4 assessments in total).

Unit 303 - Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding. The aim of this unit is to assess your performance in carrying out the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a college environment. You will be required to carry out two assessments on two candidates (4 assessments in total - 2 to be observed).



There are no exams.  You will have three units to complete, one which assesses your knowledge (Unit 301) one that assesses your competence as an assessor in the workplace, such as on NHS premises, (Unit 302) and one that assesses your competence in a simulated environment, such as a college hairdressing salon, or restaurant (Unit 303).             

You will be expected to attend 4 sessions within a classroom environment for a three hour duration, as part of the assessor training, so that you can learn about the role of the assessor, how to plan assessments, the methods of assessment and the legal requirements that are associated with assessment.  You will need to answer a variety of questions to demonstrate your knowledge of assessment and to complete the knowledge unit.

Units 302 and 303 are practical units which uses your assessments and feedback as evidence for your portfolio.  You will need to assess a variety of evidence from two candidates in the workplace, such as their work logs, work products, and also from work within a simulated environment, such as a college. 


You will be allocated an assessor to work with you on a flexible basis.  They will observe you on at least 4 occasions in the workplace and in the college environment and give you feedback with regard to your planning of assessments, and your decisions and feedback given to the candidates.   All work is then collated in a portfolio for final assessment. 

Entry requirements

You will need to assess two candidates who are working on a qualification that has learning outcomes or performance criteria in which to make a judgement of competence, such as BTEC, NVQ etc. N.B. We cannot provide candidates for you. If you do not already have some experience of assessment practice, you will be advised to attend the theory sessions to develop your knowledge of the principles of assessment. You will need to have a GCSE, communication key skills, Literacy at Level 2 or other higher qualification that demonstrates that you can study at Level 3 Literacy.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Course length & fees
  • Fees: £810* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)
  • Course Length: 1 year
  • Campus: Main campus
What next?

Once you are qualified and supporting new and qualified assessors, you could progress to the Level 4 IQA Award (Internal Quality Assurance).

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