Assessment and Quality Assurance (6317)

Last Updated: 06 Oct 2016

Following a quality review involving our assessment provision for Teaching and Learning qualifications, please note that online multiple-choice tests for 6317 (Assessment and Quality Assurance/ TAQA) and 6502 (Education and Training) will be withdrawn from 31 March 2015. For more information, please see this document in the additional documents section of this webpage.

These qualifications are for people working in or looking to work in assessment and internal quality assurance.

TAQA E-learning programme
This new e-learning programme provides delivery and assessment of the Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment – part of our robust Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) portfolio.
For more information please visit TAQA E-learning programme webpage.

Webinar (audio)
Launch of the TAQA e-learning

The City & Guilds Practical Guide to Quality Assurance

The book is an ideal resource for anyone involved in quality assurance in learning. Whether you are a tutor, assessor, TAQA candidate, IQA or EQA you will benefit from the practical real-life examples and case studies, along with the comprehensive overview and explanation of quality assurance.

The book is available to purchase via the City & Guilds bookshop

These qualifications are open to people carrying out assessments and quality assurance in most learning environments including FE, Adult Continuing Learning, Employers and Third Sector. They are designed for anyone assessing and carrying out quality assurance in all occupational sectors, accredited learning, non-accredited learning (e.g. where performance is being assessed by the learner is not undertaking a qualification) and qualifications on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You will cover all the essential principles and practices of training assessment and quality assurance, including assessing competence and achievement.

You will learn in the work environment.

Assessment methods include observation, witness testimony, interview and discussion, oral and written questions, assignments, projects and case studies.


Which level is right for me?


Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

A knowledge-only Award for those who are starting their journey as an assessor, or those who need to know about assessment practice but are not currently practising.

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

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 witnesses/learner statements/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

For practitioners who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally related subject areas using the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments/skills tests/oral and written questions/assignments/projects/case studies/RPL.

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

For practitioners who may use ALL of the above-listed assessment methods based upon sound assessment principles.

Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

A knowledge-only Award for those starting their journey as internal quality assurance practitioners or those who need to know about internal quality assurance but are not carrying out quality assurance themselves.

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

For practitioners who conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process from within a centre/organisation, by sample planning, monitoring and advising on the practice of assessors.

Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

For practitioners who lead the internal quality assurance process within a centre/organisation and have responsibility for managing the quality of the assessment process, practice and the performance of assessors.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications can help you to progress your career as a:

  • Qualified Assessor
  • Trainer.

Learners may also choose to take one of the following related qualifications:

City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 in Learning and Development (6318)
City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Learning and Development Mini Awards (6318)
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training (6502)
City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (6502)
City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (6502)
City & Guilds Level 5 standalone specialist diplomas (6503)
City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Awards in delivering training and presentations (6258)
City & Guilds Level 3 English for Literacy and Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching (6255)
City & Guilds Level 3 Essential Skills Practitioners (8375)

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

Centres offering City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Candidates Using a Range of Methods (7317) have automatic approval to offer this qualification.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 3

The Level 3 provides a pathway for learners to understand assessment and if required, qualify as an assessor. Learners who wish to achieve these units could be assessing competence or non-competence based learning, knowledge or skills. They will select the units and qualifications that meet the requirements of what they are assessing.

There are three awards and a certificate available at Level 3:

  • The Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment is a knowledge-only award for those who are starting their journey as an assessor, or those who need to know about assessment practice but are not currently practising.
  • The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 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 witnesses/learner statements/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • The Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement is for practitioners who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally related subject areas using the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments/skills tests/oral and written questions/assignments/projects/case studies/RPL.
  • The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is for practitioners who may use all of the above-listed assessment methods based upon sound assessment principles.

For full details, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications can help you to progress your career as a:

  • Qualified Assessor
  • Trainer.

Learners may also choose to take one of the following related qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 NVQ in Learning and Development and Learning and Development Mini Awards (6318)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Delivery of Basic Skills (8375)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6302)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6304)
  • City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6305).

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

Last Registration Date: 31 May 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

  • Accreditation No: 501/1648/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 24 - 24 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/05/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (6317-31)

Last Registration Date: 31 May 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

  • Accreditation No: 501/1676/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 54 - 54 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/05/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (6317-32)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

  • Accreditation No: 501/1677/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 54 - 54 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (6317-33)

Last Registration Date: 31 May 2017 Supportive services: SmartScreen Learning Assistant

Level 3 QCF Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

  • Accreditation No: 501/1679/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 15 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 84 - 84 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/05/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4

There are two awards and a certificate available at Level 4:

  • The Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is a knowledge-only award for those starting their journey as internal quality assurance practitioners or those who need to know about internal quality assurance but are not carrying out quality assurance themselves.
  • The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is for practitioners who conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process from within a centre/organisation, by sample planning, monitoring and advising on the practice of assessors.
  • The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is for practitioners who lead the internal quality assurance process within a centre/organisation and have responsibility for managing the quality of the assessment process, practice and the performance of assessors.

For full details, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications can help you to progress your career as a:

  • Qualified Assessor
  • Trainer.

Learners may also choose to take one of the following related qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 NVQ in Learning and Development and Development Mini Awards (6318)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Delivery of Basic Skills (8375)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6302)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 and 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6304)
  • City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6305).

Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (6317-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 May 2017

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • Accreditation No: 501/1649/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 45 - 45 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/05/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (6317-41)

Last Registration Date: 31 May 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • Accreditation No: 501/1678/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 90 - 90 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/05/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (6317-42)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

  • Accreditation No: 501/1680/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 17 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 115 - 115 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

SmartScreen is our online portal for tutor, assessors and learners that provides unit-specific support materials and tutor forums to complement the delivery and learning experience

Visit Smartscreen.co.uk >

Learning Assistant

LEARNING ASSISTANT IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

Learning Assistant is an innovative and cost effective e-portfolio solution that allows colleges and training providers to dramatically improve the delivery of their vocational qualifications.

Learn more about Learning Assistant >

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