Assessing Course

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (Assessing Course) was introduced when the old A1 NVQ Assessor course was withdrawn. This course is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice. It is ideal for candidates or managers who just what to understand the work of an NVQ Assessor.

There are currently four different assessor courses which are aimed at different settings. Please refer to our guide by clicking here.

You are usually expected to complete this course within 3 to 28 days depending on your enrolment. The course has a 24 hours guided learning requirement.

Course Delivery and Support

The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment course is delivered by either distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery.

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 3 to 28 days. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £145. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £87.50 and one further monthly instalment of £87.50.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.

Course Structure

The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment is made up of one unit highlighted below. The aim of this course is to assess the candidate assessor’s knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices that underpin assessment in a vocational setting.

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Assessment of this Assessing Course

The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. You will be normally expected to complete 5 Scenarios and 4 questions to complete the course.

How long is this Level 3 Assessing Course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of prior learning and have access to resources that will enable you to actively participate in course activities. Learning partners joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone. You will be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for assessors.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety if you a first aider. You can go on to complete any of the assessor qualifications such as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement and any other learning and development courses.

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