TAQA - Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Subject: Education

 I am: an employer a student

This qualification is part of the training, assessment and quality assurance (TAQA) suite of courses. It is ideal if you are a practitioner who uses a wide range of assessment methods based upon sound assessment principles. The assessment methods you use may include:

  • Assessments in simulated environments
  • Skills Tests
  • Oral and written questions
  • Observation
  • Use of others (e.g. witnesses)
  • Projects
  • Learner statements

Key Facts

  • Attendance: 2 half day online sessions (9am-1.30pm). In addition all tuition, support and assessment will be provided in the workplace, online, by an e-portfolio and via email and telephone contact.
  • Duration: Six months from the start date
  • Start date:
    • November 2024: 13 November and 14 November 2024
  • Location: Virtual - can be studied from anywhere

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but a basic competency in English and maths will be necessary and it is expected that all assessors and quality assurance individuals have occupational competence in the areas that they are assessing in.

You will also need to be working in a role that involves assessment of learners.

Course Content

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is worth 15 credits. It consists of the units below:

Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Unit 2 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Unit 3 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding



Assessment for this qualification is by a combination of written answers, work related portfolio evidence, professional discussion and observed assessment.

Course Fees

Course fees must be settled prior to the start of the course. If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, continued support and course access is available by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification is achieved.

Course Fee

£950 plus £92 Awarding Body Fees*.

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

Funding Available to Residents of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire (Subject to Eligibility)

Check if you are eligible to undertake this course for free here.

If you are 19 years of age or over and are thinking of starting a course with us at level 3 or above, you may qualify for one of the government’s Advanced Learner Loans to help fund your studies. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £524 a week, £2,274 a month or £27,295 a year. There is no credit check and your household income isn’t taken into account when applying; plus it’s easy to apply. To find out more, check if you’re eligible and apply, head over to our dedicated Advanced Learner Loans page.

The CAW Loans2Learn scheme is a personal loan that can help you to spread the cost of your course into manageable payments. The loan can be used to fully or partially cover your course fees (but does not cover any awarding body fees, such as enrolment and examination fees). Please contact us for more information.


Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What Next?

Following completion of this qualification you will have an understanding regarding assessment practice. You may wish to continue your studies and undertake the next level qualification within the TAQA suite: Education.


What our Business School students say:

“I have enjoyed learning new skills and applying some of these to my current job”
“The tutors are very helpful and supportive and provide me with regular reviews on my progress”
“The course fits around my everyday work making this easy to complete”
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