Assessing vocational competence is a critical role in education and training and achieving this qualification will ensure quality assurance within the assessment process. It involves supporting students and assessing outside the work environment to enable them to achieve their qualification.
The course will be delivered via workshops and 1-1 tutorials, all on a flexible basis, to suit your needs. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace every three to four weeks and provide advice, guidance and support to enable you to collect evidence to achieve the qualification.
What are the benefits?
You have 36 weeks (from enrolment) to complete this qualification. The course will be delivered via workshops and 1-1 tutorials, on a flexible basis.
Evidence of a qualification, at an appropriate level, and relevant up-to-date experience in your vocational/subject-specialism
Be in a position to follow your organisation’s policies and procedures
Access to at least two students who are completing an assessed qualification
Access to an allocated countersigning Assessor/Mentor and a qualified Internal Verifier within the area you are assessing so that they can give you further support
The course design enables you to become an excellent assessor/apprenticeship trainer. It develops your knowledge, skills and professional behaviours. The specific units that you work towards are:
You will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence to prove competency and good practice. This will include you gathering naturally occurring evidence, with some of the following assessment methods: assessment of learners in simulated environments, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies and recognising prior learning. You will develop an e-portfolio (Onefile).
You will implement what you have learnt in the workplace and improve your practice as an assessor. You can develop your skills to enable effective assessment with the new Apprenticeship Standards and End-point Assessment. You will have the ability to reflect on and select appropriate assessment methods to apply in dynamic or diverse workplace environments.
You can also progress to the following qualifications:
Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.
She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.