Assessing Vocational Achievement

The level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally is intended for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding in environments other than the work environment (for example a workshop, classroom, or another training environment).



Assessing Vocational Achievement


The Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement will provide you with the role of assessing your learners to meet all the occupational standards needed to achieve their qualifications. Moreover, it is not uncommon for many jobs to entail a combination of teaching or training responsibilities with assessment work.

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the type of assessments you carry out but could include:

  • planning and delivering vocational training programs and workshops
  • observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
  • examining candidates’ portfolios of evidence
  • questioning candidates about how they would deal with non-standard situations
  • providing feedback and offering advice if the standards are not met
  • signing off the award when all the requirements have been met
  • keeping records of candidates’ progress
  • attending meetings with other assessors
  • working closely with training staff and candidates’ managers.

About the Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement course.

The level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally related achievement is ideal for learners 19 and over who assess vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding outside of the workplace, such as in workshops, classrooms, or training environments.

Course Structure

The aim of this course is to assess the candidate assessor’s performance in assessing vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding in environments other than the workplace. For instance, you’ll assess vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding in workshops, classrooms, or other training environments with the level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally related achievement. In addition, the course comprises three crucial units that are mandatory for successful completion.


Expect trainee assessors to show their knowledge of assessment by conducting at least four evaluations of two candidates’ skills, knowledge, and understanding. Moreover, the assessments will involve evaluating prior learning, closely observing practical work and products, and conducting questioning and discussions. In addition, you have the liberty to employ any other suitable assessment methods that align with your goals.

It is possible to combine both the theory and practical requirements of the course at the same time depending on your needs. We however usually give trainee assessors up to three weeks to complete the unit questions that come with unit one. Once they are done with the theory and ready for the practical part of the course, they can then go ahead to prepare, plan and conduct assessments with their two candidates. Their allocated assessor will support the trainee during their assessor journey with their own two candidates.

Entry requirements

  • You need to demonstrate competency in order to enrol in this course. Competency is demonstrated by having qualifications or experience in the subject area you want to assess.
  • Functional Skills English and Mathematics at a Level 2.
  • Interview and assessment.

What can I do after the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will gain the necessary skills and qualifications to progress to either a Certificate in Education level 4 or to pursue further education at university.

How will I be assessed?

Moreover, the structure of the course involves an induction workshop, which serves as the initial step where you will delve into the theory and fundamental knowledge required for working as an assessor. The induction is also for the purpose of letting you know how the course will be assessed and an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss your needs.

Course time:

Start date: September, January and April

Friday 4 to 6 pm.

Friday 6 to 8 pm.

Course length: 6 months
Class size:  8-12
Minimum age: 19


Level 3: £450 / Free course funding available 

More information at the reception of the college.

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