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Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


This course and the awards in assessing are currently the only recognised formal assessment qualifications available to become a qualified assessor.


The OCR Level 3 Certificate for Assessors is aimed at people who routinely assess learners or candidates in a training environment such as workshop, college or training centre. As well as people who assess learners in a workplace environment (consisting of Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3).


Unit 1 will be run as classroom sessions over 5 weeks from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Units 2 and 3 will be delivered on a one to one basis in the candidates workplace or within College as arranged with the course tutor.

Course Leader profile

Katie Walker

Lecturer in Teacher Education.

 I have worked as a lecturer in Teacher Education for seven years as well as having my Primary PGCE. I have a Bsc degree in Environmental Management, a second PGCE in PCET and I also have a Masters in International Development. Within college I have taught on a range of ESOL and teacher education courses. I am currently course leader on the second year PGCE/Cert Ed, Internal Quality Assurance qualification as well as the Assessors qualifications.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is suitable for those people (over 19) who are already assessing learners (or will have the opportunity to assess), whether in a voluntary or paid capacity. If assessing NVQ Qualifications, you will need a qualified assessor to mentor you and will need the support of an internal quality assurer. For other qualifications, its advisable that you have the support of an experienced assessor and internal quality assurer.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

The qualification is divided into 3 units as follows: Unit 1 - Principles and Practices of Assessment (theory unit) - Please note that Unit 1 is a compulsory unit. Unit 2 - Assessing Occupational Competence in the Workplace (practical unit). Unit 3 - Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (practical unit). If you have completed Unit 1 as part of the Award in Education and Training (AET), you can just do units 2 & 3 on their own.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 will be assessed by 2 written tasks, along with a recorded discussion. Units 2 and 3 will be assessed through observation and documentary evidence of your assessment practice.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Qualified assessors may consider studying for a level 4, 5 or 6 teaching qualification or the level 4 Internal Quality Assurers qualification.


Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: Various start dates
  • Hours per week: 3 hours for 5 weeks then 1:1 with course tutor and self -guided time
  • Days: TBC
  • Start Time: 5.00 pm
  • End Time: 8.00 pm
  • Venue: Calderdale College and Workplace
  • Faculty: HE & Professional Manager
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level:
  • Qualification Name: Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Awarding Body: OCR

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