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Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA)


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (for example a workshop, classroom or other training environment).

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course follows a work-based route and has flexible start dates throughout the year. The course should take a maximum of one year to complete.

What will I study?

The Certificate comprises of 3 mandatory units (15 credits):

  • Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment This unit is to assess the knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of assessment.

  • Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment. The aim of this unit is to assess performance in carrying out assessments of occupational competence in a work environment.

  • Unit 3: Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding. The aim of this unit is to assess performance of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding outside of the work environment.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through an observation of you assessing a candidate within your assessment area. You will also be evaluated on the evaluation a portfolio of evidence generated by using a range of assessment methods. You will be offered regular tutorials and guidance on the assessment process and how to build your portfolio of evidence.

Assessment will take place in workplace; an assessor from the College will be assigned and assessments will take place in the workplace to minimise disruption.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You will have a professional qualification and/or have demonstrated occupational competence within the vocational area you intend to assess in. You must have access to assessing at least two candidates working towards standards in your area of assessment and be part of an assessment programme team within your area of expertise.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £27,295 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please visit our dedicated section.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

We offer a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice qualification which you could choose to progress onto.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Tracey Caine