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Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Course Code: AACWE

Level: 3
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Award
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Flexible
Duration: 12 weeks
When you'll study: Flexible

About the course

Have you ever thought about becoming an 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. 

For practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment using the following assessment methods: observation, examining work products, oral questioning and discussion, use of others (eg, witnesses), learner statements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

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.

Please note, you will need to attend the first session in person, which will be an evening induction class. After this first session, the delivery model will then move to a one-to-one tutorial model. Each trainee will have an allocation of eight hours to work with their tutor.

What you'll learn

You will gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of an Assessor in relation to:

  • principles of assessment
  • legislation
  • equality & diversity
  • inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. 

You will be able to:

  • plan assessments
  • select assessment methods
  • assess learners
  • provide constructive feedback
  • record your decisions.
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.


Each unit is supported by a workbook and activities. Primary evidence for the learning outcomes and assessment criteria must come from the candidate assessor assessing two real learners on two occasions in a real work environment against standards/criteria that are approved by the organisation. These standards/criteria may include national occupational standards, components of qualifications or in-house standards.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you will be able to progress on to the L3 Award in Education & Training (AETT),  Level 4 Certificate in Education & Training , (CETT) or  Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment L4 AIQA depending on your skills, knowledge and experience. 


Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

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.