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The Assessor Award – Part of the TAQA Suite of Units: Training Assessment & Quality Assurance

The TAQA qualifications set the standard for those involved in assessing qualifications that are regulated (for example by an external awarding body).  The Assessor Award delivery is designed to be “candidate friendly” and involves extensive one-to-one support for candidates.

Who is the course for?

Those who are involved in the assessment of Regulated Qualifications. Candidates are encouraged to work with their own sector specific qualifications.

The TAQA Assessor Qualification comprises three units and when combined can achieve:

  • Level 3 Award in Understanding Assessment (3 credits) – For those who need to know about assessment but who are not currently practicing
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (9 credits) – For practitioners who assess the achievement of competence in a work environment
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (9 Credits) – For practitioners who assess achievement in a vocationally-related situation e.g. classrooms or workshops
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (15 Credits) – For practitioners who assess both in a work environment and in a college or training environment
  • Standalone Units (2 or 3)

 

Through discussion, a tutor will advise on the most appropriate units for an interested candidate.

Course Objectives/Key Benefits

Assessor Award – TAQA Suite of Units – Course Objectives

On completion candidates will be able to:

  • Assess candidates using differing methods of evidence collection
  • Make assessment decisions
  • Give constructive feedback
  • Assess against national standards
  • Contribute to the Internal Quality process
Course Overview

A brief overview of requirements of each unit

301 – Level 3 Award in understanding the principles and Practices of assessment

This unit requires a knowledge assignment comprising of 8 outcomes.  Can be done remotely and submitted electronically.  Course knowledge can be found from your own awarding body (or our awarding body City & Guilds), recommended text books (Completing your Training Assessment and Quality Assurance Qualifications, Anne Gravells  and legislation knowledge.

The Performance Units are as follows: Note:  The qualifications that you assess should be registered qualifications that have to undergo quality systems (moderation or verification) – and you should be employed within a registered qualification centre as an assessor.

 302 – Combines with 301 above for a Level 3 Award in assessing competence in the work environment.

You should be employed as a work based assessor within an assessment centre and will need access to two candidates to assess in the work environment.

For each candidate you will need to demonstrate while being observed by your tutor, that you have planned an assessment in the workplace, observed and judged their work twice each – this will be in a real work environment, and the mandatory assessment methods you’ll need to demonstrate are Observation, Questioning and examining Work Products (end result or something they’ve produced at work such as documents/records (eg. paper) or an actual thing eg a haircut or brick wall).

Your  evidence will be your assessment records (countersigned by qualified assessor) and these should also be Internally Quality Assured to demonstrate that you meet your centre’s requirements.

303 – Combines with 301 above for a Level 3 Award in assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.

You should be employed as an assessor within a vocational assessment centre such as a college or training centre and will need access to two candidates to assess in the workshop/class environment.

For each candidate you will need to demonstrate while being observed by your tutor that you have briefed the learners ahead of their assessment and judged their work twice each – this will be in a workshop/class environment, and you will demonstrate the use of methods such as Simulation/Case Study/ Project/Assignment/or written questions (i.e. a formal exam or test).  (min 3 of these methods).

Your evidence will be your assessment records (countersigned by qualified assessor) and these should also be Internally Quality Assured to demonstrate that you meet your centre’s requirements.

Units 301, 302 and 303 as above combine for a Level 3 Certificate in assessing vocational achievement.

For practitioners who need to be qualified to use all the above listed assessment method.

Need for Countersignature and Internal Quality Assurance: (IV)

Please note that many qualifications will require you to be countersigned until you have qualified (your qualification’s Assessment Strategy will advise).  The counter signatory should be a qualified Assessor member of your centre’s team, and all your work as an assessor must be submitted after it has been quality assured.

TAQA Assessor Observation:   Your Colchester Institute (TAQA) Assessor will also observe you assessing your  learners in your usual location(s) : You will assess two learners twice each so there will be four assessments/4 observations for each of unit 302 and 303.

Standardisation: You will also provide a record to show you have attended and contributed to a standardisation meeting where you have compared different evidence for your centre’s qualification assessed by you and/or your team and confirmed required standards to fulful the outcomes needed.

CPD :   include a list of  your CPD  over the last 18 months.

Course Structure

Assessor Award – TAQA Suite of Units – Course Structure

  • Candidates are supported by an Assessor who works closely with the candidate and assists them as they build a portfolio of evidence. The Assessor will visit the candidate in their place of work to observe them and advise on portfolio construction as appropriate
  • Candidates will receive an induction onto the award which will help them to understand how to construct their portfolio of evidence
  • Further meetings will be arranged to progress the candidate through the qualification. It is expected that most candidates will achieve the qualification within 12 months. If not achieved within the agreed timescales there may be additional costs
Entry Requirements

Pre-requisite Knowledge/Qualifications

  • Qualification in the occupational area they will be assessing
  • Access to two learners – the assessment of these learners will be the basis for evidence for this qualification.
Course Progression

Recommended follow-up courses

The TAQA Internal Quality Assurance Award or Certificate

The Assessor Award – Part of the TAQA Suite of Units: Training Assessment & Quality Assurance
LocationColchester
DurationSee notes in Course Content
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateFlexible. Induction will be arranged on a one-to-one basis
Fee(s)Price per delegate: Prices on Application (Includes Portfolio toolkit, C&G registration and certification fee)

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