Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Qualification: City & Guilds Award
Level 3

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About this course

This short course is designed for individuals who wish to understand the process of assessment, particularly for those who are about to embark on an assessor role. You will not need to have any experience with assessment practice or have any candidates to assess, but you will need to have an idea of the vocational area you will eventually wish to assess in. This is normally a subject such as hairdressing, construction etc. or any area that you are qualified to level 3 or experienced in.

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding that is needed to get started with the role of assessment and is the first unit towards the full assessment qualification. In order to become a qualified assessor you would also need to complete the practical units e.g. Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement or Award in Competence in the Work Environment.

What you will learn
  • Session 1 will cover the principles and requirements of assessment and the various methods of assessment
  • Session 2 will cover the planning and involvement with others in assessment
  • Session 3 will cover decision-making and feedback methods
  • Session 4 will cover the quality assurance and managing information and legal requirements of assessment practice

It is recommended that you bring a set of vocational assessment criteria to the class to ensure that you will consider the vocational area you will want to assess in.


There will be 4 assignments in total that will cover the range of knowledge requirements for the award.

Entry requirements

Evidence that you can study at Level 3 in Literacy (GCSE or equivalent Level 2 or other higher qualification).

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

What next?

In order to be fully qualified to assess, you will need to also complete the second unit which is the Award in Assessing Vocational Related Achievement (if assessing in a college environment) or Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (if assessing in the workplace). To be fully qualified you will need to assess two candidates on two occasions (4 in total). Please note that we cannot provide candidates for you and you cannot enrol until you have candidates to assess in your vocational specialism.

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