Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

Qualification: City & Guilds Award
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 an environment other than the workplace, for example 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 award. They will assess your competence, by observing you assessing your candidates in their working environment.

This qualification requires you to assess at least 2 learners on a vocational course using a variety of methods. Assessments would take place in a simulated environment such as a college, even if the assessment takes place in a hairdressing salon or restaurant within a college.  

What you will learn

There are two units to complete to obtain this qualification: 

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 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 outside of the work environment. You will be required to carry out two assessments on two candidates (4 assessments in total).

Learning style

This qualification is suitable for all learning styles, with a variety of assessment methods being used. This includes:

  • Observed performance and feedback
  • Reflective essays Responses to written questions
  • Responses to verbal questions
  • Written accounts
  • Student evidence from two learners where candidate has assessed and given feedback

Although there is a reasonable amount of self study in this qualification, there will be a requirement to attend four taught sessions. These sessions are currently being held remotely.


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

You will be expected to attend 4 remote learning sessions for a 3 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.

Unit 303 is a practical unit which uses your assessments and feedback as evidence for your portfolio.  You will need to assess a variety of evidence from two candidates who are studying on a competence based qualification.  You will be allocated an assessor to work with you on a flexible basis.  They will observe you on at least 4 occasions 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

There are no formal entry requirements for this Award, but you must demonstrate that you are able to work at Level 3 e.g. Literacy Level 2. You will need to assess two candidates who are working on a qualification that have learning outcomes or performance criteria in which to make a judgement of competence e.g. BTEC, NVQ etc. N.B. We are unable to provide candidates for you.

You will be required to attend a College interview prior to enrolling onto this course.

Course length & fees
  • Fees: £525
  • Course Length: 1 year
  • Campus: Main campus
What next?

If you are supporting other assessors, you may wish to progress to the Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.

Additional information

It is essential that you have learners that you can assess. Unfortunately the college are unable to provide learners for you.  It would be ideal if you have some experience in assessment.  If you find some voluntary work, then it would be best to workshadow the qualified assessor to experience the role of the assessor prior to taking on the responsibility. 

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