Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment(QCF)

A new suite of qualifications has been developed to support the new Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and which replace the A1 Assessor award and related qualifications (A2 vocational assessor course). If you already have A and/or V units you won’t need to re-qualify.

They have been developed for those working in accredited learning, non-accredited learning, the NQF and the QCF. The qualifications consist of a mix of units – some competence-based and some knowledge based units.

Two level 3 Awards and a level 3 Certificate have been developed for assessors. Each has one or more units in common. Unit 1 is a knowledge based and Units 2 & 3 is competence based. Additional units confirming competence can be taken at the same time as, or after, achieving the knowledge unit. All three qualifications will be externally verified by OCR.

Unit 1 Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment: The aim of this unit is to assess knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices that underpin the internal quality assurance of assessment.

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment – requires you to know and understand the principles and practices that underpin assessment. You will need to write an assignment demonstrating your knowledge and understanding and complete a workbook that shows your research into assessment practice and associated legal requirements.

You will be provided with a username and password, to log in our online learning platform. You will be able to access your course material, use the online resources and submit your assignments. If you have any queries, you are able to contact your tutor or one of our advisers by email, phone or arrange a virtual meeting (if necessary).


Use of technology is highly encouraged in learning and development. Some assessments can be carried out using Skype, video, webinars or any web conference. Fast track is possible for those who are dedicated to studying at a fast pace, have resources and access to learning opportunities.

These qualifications are available to anyone who is capable of reaching the required standards however you need access to candidates to use to gain evidence of assessment in the vocational area chosen.




There is no minimum duration but the qualification is awarded when you have met the assessment criteria for each unit though we envisage duration of between 4 to 6 months. However, you have up till 12 months to complete the qualification.

Any time (Online)