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Assessing Vocational Achievement

Course Code: CAVA

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

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About the course

Do you work or volunteer in an assessment centre with access to a minimum of two students who are working towards their NVQ/QCF programme? This six month course in Assessing Vocational Achievement is for you if you use assessment methods and need to be qualified in all aspects of assessment. You will have to demonstrate evidence that you are assessing in the work environment and assessing in workshop or classroom-based environments.

What you'll learn

Evidence of assessment methods include:

  • 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

Evidence will also include simulations, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies.
Mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Unit 2 Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
  • Unit 3 Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

Tutorials and assessment on a one-to-one basis at the student’s place of work.

Entry requirements

You must be working, or volunteering, in an assessment centre with access to a minimum of two students who are working towards their NVQ/QCF programme.


There are no exams. However, it is a requirement of enrolment that you submit work, contact or meet with your assessor at least once a month.

What's next?

Completion of this award can lead to employment. You may also progress to internal quality assurance qualifications.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: CAVA

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

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: £500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.