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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the Principles and Practices of Assessment (Assessing Course) was introduced when the old A1 NVQ Assessor course was withdrawn.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. The course has a 24 hours guided learning requirement. You are usually expected to complete this course within 3 to 28 days depending on your enrolment.

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

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.


This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

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.

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 it means studying at Level 3?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing A-Levels. Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

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.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates 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. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 3 to 28 days.


Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended. The full cost of the course is £155. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £90 and one further monthly instalment of £90.