NVQ Assessing Course

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (NVQ Assessor Course)qualification is designed for those who assess learners in their workplace. The course enables you to assess any courses you are occupationally competent as long as the assessments involve visiting learners in their workplace.

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

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records.

The course has a 54 hours guided learning requirement. You are usually expected to complete this course within 2 to 10 weeks depending on your enrolment.

Course Delivery and Support

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 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 Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 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 2 to 10 weeks. 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 £365. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £106.25 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £106.25.

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 assessing competence in the work environment is made up of two mandatory units which are:

Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
Unit 2: Assess occupational competence in the work environment

Assessment of this NVQ Assessor Course

The Level 3 Award in assessing competence in the work environment course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. We always take a holistic approach with your assessments. You are normally expected to complete 5 Scenarios and 4 questions to address the theory part of the course.

You will need to support and assess at least two candidates who are following a vocational program where there is a clear defined assessment criteria. You will also be expected to demonstrate knowledge of assessment and carry out a minimum of four assessments that examine the skills,competence, knowledge and understanding of your two candidates. The assessments should include checking prior learning, observation of practice (in the work place) and work products, questioning and discussions. You are free to use any other additional assessment methods except simulation. By the end of the course there should also be evidence of planning assessments, giving feedback, reviewing, participating in standardisation and continuous development activities.

Entry Requirements for this NVQ Assessor Course

This Level 3 Award in assessing competence in the work environment course is open to anyone who is working in a learning and development environment and has access to two candidates and assessment opportunities. You need to demonstrate competency by having qualifications or experience in the subject area you want to assess. You will also be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for Learning and development practitioners.

Vocational Learning occasionally offers in-house placements for candidates who have skills and expertise to assess on some of our courses. Candidates who wish to be considered for a placement will need to apply by completing the form found here. An interview might be required.

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 as long as your role involves assessing just in a work environment. You can go on to complete the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (which will allow you to assess other environments) or any other learning and development courses.

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