6317 Training, Assessing and Quality Assurance (formerly A1 Assessors Award) Award Level 3

Part Time 
3 Months 
Academic Year:
Awarding Body:
City and Guilds 
Course Cost 16-18

For all costs please see the tutor contact details section below.

Registration Fee:

Please see fees below for all registration costs

Additional Costs (approx):

Course overview

On successful completion of training and satisfactory assessment and verification of your portfolio, you will gain an Award in Assessment that is level 3 under the QCF system.  This allows you to assess competence for individual candidates who are registered for S/NVQs. You may, alternatively, assess against your organisations procedures and work standards. The Assessment Awards are suitable for those assessing candidate’s performance or academic abilities and for those assessing candidates performance in their working role against work standards.

Please note that workshops will run with a minimum of 6 applicants; entry may be delayed or individual delivery patterns agreed.  Subsequent learning will take place via one to one tutorials and observations of practical skills in the assessment centre.


Please complete the Darlington College Application Form. Once we have received your completed application form the Admissions Department will send an acknowledgement letter and will arrange for a face to face or telephone interview with a course tutor.

Lead Tutor

Lynne Gallacher

Course modules

The three units below are selected according to your own working situation and practices.  Note the combinations of units lead to different qualifications.

  • Unit 301 – Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Unit 301 + 302 - Award in Assessing the Competence in the Work Environment
  • Units 301 + 303 - Award in Assessing the vocationally Related Achievement
  • All 3 Units - Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Unit 301 - Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Target Group

Those who wish to gain an insight into the principles and practices of assessment.  Some may also undertake Units 302 and/or 303 to gain additional practical assessor qualifications.

Course Outline

Unit will cover:

  • Principles and requirements of assessment
  • Different types of assessment method
  • Assessment planning
  • Learner involvement
  • Making assessment decisions
  • Quality assurance of the assessment process
  • Legal requirements in relation to assessment

Assessment Methods

Through a range of knowledge questions, reflective accounts and professional discussions.

Unit 302 - Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Target Group

Trainee assessors who deliver QCF qualifications that use the term “NVQ” in their title and for other non-NVQ staff whose purpose is to assess occupational competence.  This unit may also be added to prior achievement of units 301 and 303.

Course Outline

Unit will cover:

  • Planning the assessment of occupational competence by appropriate methods
  • Making assessment decisions on occupational competence
  • Providing follow-up information after assessment of occupational competence
  • Maintaining legal and good practice when assessing occupational competence

Assessment Methods

Through a range of product evidence, knowledge questions, observing assessor practice with candidates and professional discussions.

 Unit 303 - Assess Vocationally Related Achievement – Knowledge and Understanding


Target Group

Trainee assessors for accredited and non-accredited courses within the QCF, training, academic and workshop environments.  This unit may also be added to prior achievement of units 301 and 302.

Course Outline

Unit will cover:

  • Preparation of assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding by a range of appropriate methods.
  • Carrying out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Providing follow-up information after assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Maintaining legal and good practice when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding


Entry requirements

You need the support of a registered assessment centre and hold an NVQ 3 or the accepted equivalent qualification in the vocational area you are assessing in if assessing NVQ/QCF qualifications. If assessing workplace performance and knowledge your employers support will be needed.

 You will need to attend an interview or telephone interview with the tutor before enrolling on this programme.

Learning method

By attending taught workshops and evidence gathering supported by tutorials and professional discussions.  A portfolio of evidence will be presented for assessment.

Further Study:  This qualification can lead to Internal quality assurance courses in the future.  This depends on your assessment centre practices.

A Career:   There are many opportunities to gain employment as a work based assessor with these new awards.  The college careers guidance officers are there to help.

Assessment method

An assessment plan will be agreed and issued at the conclusion of taught sessions. The methods used will be agreed from the following:

Observation                                            Projects and Assignments
Questioning (Written)                            Witness Statements
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)              Product
Professional Discussion                      Reflective accounts           

Completed portfolios will be assessed, and then internally verified.  Feedback will be given and corrective actions identified where necessary.  Certification will then be claimed from City & Guilds. 

Portfolios are returned to candidates subject to them being returned if the External Quality Assurer calls for them to be sampled.

Book a place on this course

To book a place on this course please contact Jane Wilson on jwilson@darlington.ac.uk or call 01325 503048.


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