Assessing competence in the work environment (Pearson Edexcel Level 3 award- QCF)


The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF) 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 others (e.g. witnesses), learner statements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

he L3 AUPPA is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice as assessors. It is a knowledge-only award. It has been designed:

  • For individuals who are not in an assessor’s role, or who have just started their journey as an assessor in the further education and skills sector / private sector
  • For individuals who are interested in knowing more about assessment or who need to know about assessment practice as part of their role
  • For individuals who want a short qualification to enable them to make career choices
  • For individuals who are not currently practicing e.g. a starting point for aspiring assessors or a professional development qualification for managers, HR or quality assurance personnel
  • For individuals who are carrying out assessments and quality assurance in most learning environments including FE, Adult Continuing Learning, Employers and Third Sector
  • For individuals who are carrying out quality assurance in all occupational sectors
  • For individuals working in accredited learning OR non accredited learning (where people may assess performance but do not assess for a qualification); the NQF and the QCF
  • For individuals who have already achieved some Education & Training or Learning & Development units that can be carried forward into this qualification
  • For individuals who have completed some introduction to training qualifications







Level 3 learning would include:

  • A planned approach to reading and research relating to principles, theories and practice
  • Evidence of a reflective approach
  • Reflection on own practice grounded upon reading
  • Consideration of how professional values impact on working in your area

On successful completion of the course, you would:

  • Understand the principles & requirements of assessment
  • Understand different types of assessment methods
  • Understand how to plan assessment
  • Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment
  • Understand how to make assessment decisions
  • Understand own contribution to the quality assurance of assessment
  • Understand how to manage information relating to assessment of occupational competence
  • Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment
  • Be able to plan the assessment of occupational competence
  • Be able to make assessment decisions about occupational competence
  • Be able to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence
  • Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence

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