Level 3 Award/Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA)

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These qualifications are all at Level 3 and are appropriate for individuals who are interested in taking on the role of an assessor as well as for staff already in this role. A candidate can choose a qualification from the suite that is most appropriate to their current or intended job role. The suite includes a knowledge based award on the principles and practices of assessment, suitable for those who may not be directly involved in assessing, for example, curriculum managers, or those new to assessment. Of the two other awards one focuses on the assessment of competence whilst the other focuses on the assessment of vocationally related achievement. The certificate combines both these aspects of assessment. The qualifications will give people who carry out an assessing role the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as the opportunity of achieving a professional qualification.

On completing the qualifications required on this course the total number of credits, which a student will attain on the Qualifications, and Credit Framework (QCF) will be between 3 and 15 for Competence, Total 15. The minimum expected duration of programme is 6 months from August 2012 for those aged19. For those aged 19 or over, the minimum expected duration of programme is 6 months from August 2012 unless accredited or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) against any part of the course exists, then the minimum duration for those aged 19+ may become 3 to 6 months.


Award / Certificate in Assessing Achievement (QCF) Portfolio (Competence) 1 Mandatory unit = 3 credits Remaining Optional units X 2 will make up the remaining credits. PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) Average length of course is 4 to 6 months.

Why come to City College?

  • Class sizes of between 5-15 students, our tutors spend more time with our students
  • Support given if required such as 1-2-1 tutoring, extra classes
  • Employability Skills delivered to all students, possibility of work placements, CV writing, interview preperation
  • Choice to complete either functional skills or GCSE’s alongside your qualification
  • Friendly environment, no tolerance to bullying policy


Level 3 Award/Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA)

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements however a good understanding of Maths & English is required but support throughout the course can be given. You will need to complete either Functional Skills or GCSE maths & English if you haven’t obtained a grade C or above at GCSE.

You must have a keen and enthusiastic attitude to work and learn.

You will be required to complete the college’s initial assessments in Maths and English

To successfully complete the full qualification it is necessary for you to achieve 90% attendance.

You will be required to assess 2 students throughout their learning journey

Assessment & Achievements

A variety of methods will be used, which may include multiple choice tests, and building a portfolio of coursework. All elements must be successfully achieved in order to gain full certification. The portfolio is supported by a number of tests, which are set and marked by the Awarding Body.

Length of Course

Depends on candidate

Start Date

Can start at any point during the year


City College Nottingham, Carlton Rd, Nottingham, NG3 2NR


All other students pay a non-refundable Administration Fee of £10.00 regardless of status.

Please speak to our enrolment team for costs for students aged 19+. This course is supported by the ‘Advanced Learning Loan’

For more information on the loan: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview

Equipment and materials are provided free of charge, however, should you wish to pursue your learning in more depth, you may be advised to purchase one or more text books from a recommended reading list.

Fee Waiver – If you receive one or more means tested state benefits (or you are a dependent of someone who is), tuition, assessment and certification will be free provided that you provide satisfactory ^evidence of receipt of benefits at the time of enrolment. Some courses are free of charge for all learners e.g. Literacy and numeracy, and certain Level 2 and Level 3 courses are fully funded by the Government.
^evidence must be current, and in line with funding criteria and partner audit requirements. You may need to provide further evidence when your benefit(s) are due for renewal, and you will be required to update the College in the event that your circumstances change over the duration of your studies.


Level 4 TAQA/External verification
Employment into the Industry as an assessor


Start date Location / delivery
No fixed date Nottingham Campus

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