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L3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (Units 1 & 2)

This Assessor Course qualifies you to assess learners in their workplace.

Course Overview

We offer 100% online delivery and assessment – part of our robust Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) portfolio.

Do you use assessment methods like portfolio assignments, work-based evidence, direct observations, witness testimony and professional discussions to assess your learners? If yes, this online Assessor course would have you covered.

Wondering how we will assess you during the COVID-19 lockdown? Read our ELN COVID-19 Assessment Strategy for more details. We will make sure we support you through to completion at this difficult time.

You get your own personal tutor to support you throughout the course. 

Please note our online Level 3 Assessor training qualifies you to assess apprenticeships as well as any NVQ, QCF or other learners in your subject specialism. For example, with this course if you have the relevant subject expertise you can become a beauty assessor, construction CSCS assessor, health & safety assessor, fitness assessor, driving assessor, social care assessor, early years assessor, retail assessor, hospitality assessor, catering assessor, etc

Key details

Evidence for all learning outcomes must come from carrying out assessments in a work environment. Simulations are not allowed.

There must be performance evidence for the following assessment methods: observation of performance in the work environment, examining products of work and questioning the learner.

Other forms of evidence will be acceptable for the remaining assessment methods: discussing with the learner, use of others (witness testimony, looking at learner statements, recognising prior learning etc.

If you don't assess learners in their workplace then you should probably do the theory only unit L3 Award in Understanding Principles and Practices of Assessment.

If you assess your learners in the classroom but not the workplace then you should choose the L3 Award in Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge & Understanding.

If you assess learners in the workplace AND in the classroom then please go for the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).

Pre-course requirements

This course is available for all candidates who fulfil the following criteria:

Age range: 19+

Core skills: There are no formal entry requirements for this training course however candidate must have reading and writing skills in order to complete the course

Access to Internet using a laptop / pc / tablet using up to date Windows, Android or Apple operating systems.

Access to two learners who you can assess in their workplace environment.

Course Brochure

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Your course Tutors

  • Cordelia Castle Cordelia Castle EFL Tutor

    Cordelia (aka Dee) supports students on our Assessor courses. She has many years of training experience both in workplace and college environments. She holds a number of qualifications in learning & development including the Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training, Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement and Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice. She is also a mentor for The Girls Network Charity who inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

Units and Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment
    1. Explain the function of assessment in learning and development
    2. Define the key concepts and principles of assessment
    3. Explain the responsibilities of the assessor
    4. Identify the regulations and requirements relevant to assessment in own area of practice
  2. Understand different types of assessment method
    1. Compare the strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods with reference to the needs of individual learners
  3. Understand how to plan assessment
    1. Summarise key factors to consider when planning assessment
    2. Evaluate the benefits of using a holistic approach to assessment
    3. Explain how to plan a holistic approach to assessment
    4. Summarise the types of risks that may be involved in assessment in own area of responsibility
    5. Explain how to minimize risks through the planning process
  4. Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment
    1. Explain the importance of involving the learner and others in the assessment process
    2. Summarise types of information that should be made available to learners and others involved in the assessment process
    3. Explain how peer and self-assessment can be used effectively to promote learner involvement and personal responsibility in the assessment of learning
    4. Explain how assessment arrangements can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners.
  5. Understand how to make assessment decisions
    1. Explain how to judge whether evidence is sufficient, authentic, current
    2. Explain how to ensure that assessment decisions are made against specified criteria, valid, reliable, fair
  6. Understand quality assurance of the assessment process
    1. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance in the assessment process
    2. Summarise quality assurance and standardization procedures in own area of practice
    3. Summarise the procedures to follow when there are disputes concerning assessment in own area of practice
  7. Understand how to manage information relating to assessment
    1. Explain the importance of following procedures for the management of information relating to assessment
    2. Explain how feedback and questioning contribute to the assessment process
  8. Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment
    1. Explain legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to assessment, including those for confidentiality, health, safety and welfare
    2. Explain the contribution that technology can make to the assessment process
    3. Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism in relation to assessment
    4. Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in the assessment process

  1. Be able to plan the assessment of occupational competence
    1. Plan assessment of occupational competence based on the following methods:
      1. observation of performance in the work environment
      2. examining products of work
      3. questioning the learner
      4. discussing with the learner
      5. use of others (witness testimony)
      6. looking at learner statements
      7. recognising prior learning
    2. Communicate the purpose, requirements and processes of assessing occupational competence to the learner
    3. Plan the assessment of occupational competence to address learner needs and current achievements
    4. Identify opportunities for holistic assessment
  2. Be able to make assessment decisions about occupational competence
    1. Use valid, fair and reliable assessment methods including:
      1. observation of performance
      2. examining products of work
      3. questioning the learner
      4. discussing with the learner
      5. use of others (witness testimony)
      6. looking at learner statements
      7. recognising prior learning
    2. Make assessment decisions of occupational competence against specified criteria
    3. Follow standardization procedures
    4. Provide feedback to learners that affirms achievement and identifies any further implications for learning, assessment and progression.
  3. Be able to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence
    1. Maintain records of the assessment of occupational competence, its outcomes and learner progress
    2. Make assessment information available to authorised colleagues
    3. Follow procedures to maintain the confidentiality of assessment information.
  4. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence
    1. Follow relevant policies, procedures and legislation for the assessment of occupational competence, including those for health, safety and welfare
    2. Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, when assessing occupational competence
    3. Evaluate own work in carrying out assessments of occupational competence
    4. Maintain the currency of own expertise and competence as relevant to own role in assessing occupational competence.


Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Assessed by short theory assignments x 8 and 1 peer discussion.

Assignments can be presented in the format of tables,

Work documents can be used instead of theory assignments e.g. assessment reports, policies, procedures, assessment records etc


Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Work documents including:

2 x assessment plans, assessment evidence for 2 learners, feedback records and self-evaluations.

You will also need to complete one observation with at least one of the learners. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.

Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfill the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes it is a BTEC qualification awarded by Pearson Edexcel.

You can volunteer or work part-time in a local college or other educational institution to complete the requirement.

Yes, all the courses and units are self-paced and can be combined with the practical units at a later stage. 

Yes, you should complete the CAVA or Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement if you want to assess in the beauty industry as this will qualify you to assess your trainees in the classroom and work environment.

Yes you should do all 3 units in the Assessor TAQA course which will enable you to assess your learners in a classroom as well as on-site.

Your learners must be on a regulated course or formal qualification because you will have to evidence assessment criteria and internal / external requirements based on which you make your assessment decisions.

You can work part-time or voluntary. You can also do the theory unit now and add the practical unit later.

The assessor course is for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a classroom or work environment so may not be fully relevant. 

Yes the CAVA is ideal to qualify as a childcare Assessor and can be done alongside with your current role, this course wouldn't cause any issue.

The CAVA covers end point assessment (EPA) which is the name of assessments for apprenticeship qualifications.

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