The Level 3 provides a pathway for learners to understand assessment and if required, qualify as an assessor. Learners could be assessing competence or non-competence based learning, knowledge or skills. They will select the units and qualifications that meet the requirements of what they are assessing. Learners will cover all the essential principles and practices of training assessment and quality assurance, including assessing competence and achievement. They will learn in the work environment. Assessment methods include observation, witness testimony, interview and discussion, oral and written questions, assignments, projects and case studies. There are three awards and a certificate available at Level 3:
- The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment is a knowledge-only award for those who are starting their journey as an assessor, or those who need to know about assessment practice but are not currently practising.
- The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment is for practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment using the following assessment methods: observation/examining work products/oral questioning and discussion/use of witnesses/learner statements/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
- The Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement is for practitioners who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally related subject areas using the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments/skills tests/oral and written questions/assignments/projects/case studies/RPL.
- The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is for practitioners who may use all of the above-listed assessment methods based upon sound assessment principles.