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Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Course Code: AACWE

Level: 3
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Nine months
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

About the course

Have you ever thought about becoming an NVQ assessor or are you looking for a job as a work-based learning assessor? This level 3 award in ‘Assessing Competence in the Work Environment’ at City College Plymouth replaces the old A1 and A2 assessor qualifications. Each of the new awards covers the essential knowledge and understanding that assessors require to meet the new QCF frameworks and to reflect changes in the practice of assessment and quality assurance.

What you'll learn

This qualification contains four individual pathways:

  • Unit 14.1 – this is a knowledge-only route for those who want to know about assessment, for example managers, and those new to assessment and applied learning
  • Unit 14.1 and 14.2 – this award is for those who assess in the work environment, using the assessment methods for learners’ work activities, eg observation of performance in the work environment, examining products of work, questioning the learner, discussing with the learner, use of others (witness testimony) looking at learner statements and recognising prior learning
  • Unit 14.1 and 14.3 – this award is for those who assess in workshop or classroom-based environments using assessment methods such as simulations, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies and recognising prior learning
  • Unit 14.1, 14.2 and 14.3 – this certificate is for those who use assessment methods and need to be qualified in all aspects of assessment
Entry requirements

Entry requirements will depend on your existing experience/knowledge and access to students/assessment opportunities. However, you will complete a skills scan prior to enrolment to determine the exact entry requirements.


There are no exams. A portfolio of relevant work will be required for assessment NVQ purposes.

What's next?

Progression will depend on the particular award you take. This may include progressing to achieve either an additional unit or two additional units (depending on your particular job role/access to students). You may ultimately progress to the new Internal Quality Awards.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: AACWE

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £500

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.