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TAQA Assessor Qualification

TAQA ASSESSOR

This qualification, awarded by City & Guilds, is designed for those in, or looking to go into assessment and internal quality assurance. It replaces the previous Assessor units (which expired in December 2010), and represents the change in approach to assessment and quality assurance practice. 

All of the TAQA qualifications require candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of assessment through the mandatory knowledge unit, thus providing a strong basis to develop candidates’ practical evidence. 

They are designed to support the Assessment and Quality Assurance of all Apprenticeships, Vocational Qualifications, Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas. 

The City and Guilds TAQA Assessor courses available are: 

·       6317 – 30 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment 

·       6317 – 31 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 

·       6317 – 32 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement 

·       6317 – 33 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (Funded Course)

6317 – 30 Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 credits)

This Level 3 award comprises one unit of study which is based on knowledge of principles and practices of assessment. It is delivered through class based sessions, and is assessed through a series of short answer questions. This award is appropriate for candidates who are not currently assessing, but who need to have the knowledge and understanding of key principles, and may be working towards becoming an assessor. On successful completion of this unit, you may progress to further awards below. 

6317 – 31 Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (9 credits)

This award is suitable for candidates who assess competence in the work place. There are two elements to this qualification – theory or knowledge based assessment (as per 6317-30 above), and a practical unit which is assessed through observation of assessment in practice. If in your work environment, you assess your students through observation, examining work products, questioning and discussions, use of witnesses and RPL, then this qualification will be appropriate for you. 

You will need access to a minimum of two learners, and will be assessed through observation of using two of the above named assessment methods. 

6317 – 32 Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (2 units 9 credits)

This award is suitable for learners who assess achievement which is vocationally related, but not set necessarily in the work environment, so for example, classroom based. There are two elements to this qualification – theory or knowledge based assessment (as per 6317-30 above), and a practical unit which is assessed through observation of assessment in practice. If in you assess learners using simulated exercises, skills tests, oral and written questioning, assignments, projects, case studies or RPL, then this will be appropriate for you. 

You will need access to a minimum of two learners, and will be assessed through observation of using two of the above named assessment methods. 

6317 – 33 Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (3 units 15 credits)

The certificate combines both pathways above, and is suitable for those candidates who may assess learners in a broader range of contexts, and through using methods from both pathways described above. You will still complete the knowledge only unit (6317-30), but the Certificate also incorporates the practical units described above in 6317-31 and 6317-32.

It is particularly useful for those candidates who are specialists in both work based and vocational environments.

If you assess your students through observation, examining work products, questioning and discussions, use of witnesses and RPL,  and  through using simulated exercises, skills tests, oral and written questioning, assignments, projects, or case studies, then this 15 credit Certificate qualification will be appropriate for you. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal requirements for this course, however, candidates should be working in, or working towards a role in quality assurance.

The theory based qualifications provide a good base for those candidates who are trying to enter into quality assurance roles. Those candidates who are already in post, wishing to complete the practical units, should have access to an assessment environment suitable for their area of expertise.

This environment can lead to accredited or non-accredited learning, the NQF or QCF. In addition, they will need to be using the specified methods of assessment for particular units (as detailed in qualification overviews). 

The qualifications provide sound knowledge of principles of assessment, and will assist candidates in improving their assessment practice.

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