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Course Information

This Qualification for new Assessors and all who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice as assessors. 

The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace, or to prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or where more specific knowledge, skills and understanding is required. 

Key Facts about this Ofqual-recognised Qualification

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

QAN: 600/3873/1

Learning Aim Reference: 60038731

Credit Value: 3

Guided learning hours (GLH): 24

Total qualification time (TQT): 30

Assessment Method: Portfolio of evidence 

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Unit

    • Course Introduction

  • 2

    LO1 - Understand the principles and requirements of assessment

    • Synopsis of LO1

    • Function of assessment in learning and development

    • Key concepts and principles of assessment

    • Responsibilities of the assessor

    • Regulations and requirements relevant to the assessment

  • 3

    LO2 - Understand different types of assessment method

    • Synopsis of LO2

    • Strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods

  • 4

    LO3 - Understand how to plan assessment

    • Synopsis of LO3

    • Key factors to consider when planning assessment

    • Benefits of using a holistic approach to assessment

    • How to plan a holistic approach to assessment

    • Types of risks that may be involved in assessment

    • How to minimize risks through the planning process

  • 5

    LO4 - Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment

    • Synopsis of LO4

    • Importance of involving the learner and others in the assessment process

    • Types of information that should be made available to learners and others

    • ​How peer and self-assessment can be used effectively

    • How assessment arrangements can be adapted

  • 6

    LO5 - Understand how to make assessment decisions

    • Synopsis of LO5

    • How to judge whether evidence is sufficient

    • How to ensure that assessment decisions are valid

  • 7

    LO6 - Understand quality assurance of the assessment process

    • Synopsis of LO6

    • Importance of quality assurance in the assessment process

    • ​Quality assurance and standardisation procedures

    • Procedures to follow when there are disputes concerning assessment

  • 8

    LO7 - Understand how to manage information relating to assessment

    • Synopsis of LO7

    • Importance of following procedures for the management of information

    • How feedback and questioning contribute to the assessment process

  • 9

    LO8 - Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment

    • Synopsis of LO8

    • Legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to assessment

    • Contribution that technology can make to the assessment process

    • Requirements for equality and diversity

    • Value of reflective practice and continuing professional development