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Assessing Vocational Achievement

Course Code: CAVA
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Flexible

What's it all about?

Do you want to become a qualified assessor?

This course is 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), who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally-related subject areas who use the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies and RPL. This may take place in training workshops, classrooms or other learning environments.

You will need to attend the first session, which will be an induction evening 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.

Course information

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

  • principles of Assessment
  • legislation
  • equality and 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 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 an assessment workbook and formative assessment activities. Primary evidence for the learning outcomes and assessment criteria must come from the candidate assessor assessing four real learners on two occasions against standards/criteria that are approved by the organisation.


These standards/criteria may include components of qualifications or in-house training requirements; 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.

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

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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