Assessment qualifications (TAQA)

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The assessment units are part of the TAQA suite, which stands for: Training, Assessment, and Quality Assurance.

In association with KMF Training, I am pleased to announce that you can now work towards the assessment/end-point assessment qualifications online.

KMF Training will assess and quality assure the qualifications, who are an approved centre with the Highfield Awarding Body.

I have created the content of the online modules and the downloadable resources.


How much do the courses cost?

All prices are inclusive of VAT and everything listed in the bullet points further down this page.

  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices Of Assessment - £300

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement - £480

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - £480

  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) - £660

  • Level 3 Award in Undertaking End-point Assessment - £300

The full amount is payable in advance via the KMF Training website via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to make a purchase).

You can also pay in two monthly instalments by invoice, please contact KMF Training directly for this option.

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Me with Chris Vaines of KMF Training.


How long do the courses take?

You can work through the online modules at your own pace. Each takes between 1-3 hours depending upon the content and how fast you work.

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices Of Assessment - the total qualification time for this qualification is 30 hours, and of this, 24 hours are recommended as guided learning hours, you can spread this out however you wish over a six-month period.

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement - the total qualification time is 90 hours and of this, 54 hours are recommended as guided learning hours, you can spread this out however you wish, over a six-month period. Once you have completed the theoretical aspects, you will be assessed with your practice in your place of work.

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - the total qualification time is 90 hours and of this, 54 hours are recommended as guided learning hours, you can spread this out however you wish, over a six-month period. Once you have completed the theoretical aspects, you will be assessed with your practice in your place of work.

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) - the total qualification time is 150 hours and of this, 84 hours are recommended as guided learning hours, you can spread this out however you wish, over a six-month period. Once you have completed the theoretical aspects, you will be assessed with your practice in your place of work.

Level 3 Award in Undertaking End-point Assessment - the total qualification time is 60 hours and of this, 24 hours are recommended as guided learning hours, you can spread this out however you wish, over a six-month period. Once you have completed the theoretical aspects, you will be assessed with your practice remotely, in a real or simulated environment.


Details regarding the courses

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices Of Assessment is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment, without any requirement to practice as assessors. You will learn about the role of an assessor, assessment types and methods, making decisions and providing feedback, and record keeping. It is aimed at individuals who wish to know how to assess learners in the further education, skills and training sector i.e. in any environment with learners aged 14 and over. It is ideal for anyone who doesn’t yet have any assessment experience and/or is not yet in an assessment role. This course offers the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere. There is no assessment of practice.

The course contains one unit: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment.

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement is intended for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environment (not in the workplace). For example, those who assess learners by assignments, skills tests and projects. This course offers the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere. When you are ready, you will be observed in your place of work assessing your learners.

The course contains two units: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment; Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment is intended for assessors who assess occupational competence in an individual’s work environment. For example, those who assess by observing their learner, asking questions and examining products of work. This course offers the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere. When you are ready, you will be observed in your place of work assessing your learners.

The course contains two units: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment; Assess occupational competence in the work environment.

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment; and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training/simulated environment. For example, those who assess learners by observations, questions, examining products of work, assignments, skills tests and projects. This course offers the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere. When you are ready, you will be observed in your place of work assessing your learners.  

The course contains three units: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment; Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding; Assess occupational competence in the work environment.

Level 3 Award in Undertaking End-point Assessment (EPA) is intended for those wishing to know more about the EPA role, or who are currently in an EPA role and wish to be qualified. This course offers the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere. When you are ready, you will be observed remotely in your place of work with one apprentice, or in a simulated environment if you are not currently working as an EPA.

The course contains one unit: The principles and practices of end-point assessment.

 


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The content of the courses has been written by Ann Gravells and developed by KMF Training and Consultancy Ltd

They are mapped to the qualification content and are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at level 3. 

Scroll to the end of the page to download a cross-referencing grid.

The courses offer the convenience of remote online learning so that the theoretical aspects can be completed anytime and anywhere.


What’s included in each course?

Level 3 Assessment qualifications:

  • Content written by Ann Gravells

  • Modules can be completed at your pace; anywhere and anytime*

  • 10 interactive and comprehensive e-learning modules developed by KMF Training (scroll down for details of the modules: A/1 - A/10), along with an introduction module

  • Over 10 custom developed videos narrated by Ann Gravells

  • 21 downloadable resources for you to use and keep (worth over £24.60 - for personal use only)

  • A downloadable copy of the e-book ‘Principles and Practices of Assessment’ by Ann Gravells  

  • A fully supported course hosting site (KMF Training will handle access and password resets)

  • 6 months initial access to the course**

  • Reading lists

  • Useful weblinks

  • Quizzes to check knowledge

  • Access to an exclusive online LinkedIn group managed by Ann Gravells and KMF Training***

  • A dedicated course assessor

  • Observation of your practice

  • Online support via dedicated email

  • An individual record of achievement for each module as you progress through them

  • A nationally recognised Ofqual approved certificate (providing you have successfully achieved the requirements)

  • Awarding organisation registration and certification fees with Highfield Awarding Body

Award in Undertaking End-point Assessment:

All the above, except for bullet points 3-6. There are three modules, each with videos narrated by Ann Gravells, and 8 downloadable resources (worth £9.20). Scroll towards the end of this page to see the content of modules: EPA/1, EPA/2 and EPA/3.

* Online content requires an internet connection.

** 6 months standard access will be provided to you. Based on the initial assessment, individual action plan or any other learning needs, this could be extended

*** The online LinkedIn group is available for all learners who have enrolled onto an Assessment, IQA, EQA and Teacher/Trainer CPD module or course. This group is to share knowledge, practice and ideas about the course content.


Entry requirements

  • You must be aged 19 or above

  • You must have a basic understanding of English, maths, and information & computing technology (ICT)

  • You must be able to assess at least two learners in your place of work (not applicable for EPA Award)


What will I cover?

  • The course will cover the content in the modules listed towards the end of this page.

  • The assessment modules are referenced A/1 - A/10.

  • The end-point assessment modules are referenced EPA/1 - EPA/3.


How will the course be assessed?

Each course will be assessed by completion of an assignment and a portfolio of evidence. All evidence is assessed and quality assured by experienced and qualified staff from KMF Training.

If you are working towards the assessor performance units, you will also be observed assessing your learners in your place of work. One observation at your place of work is included in the price (if planned well with your learners, this should be all you need). Additional observations may incur further costs. More information regarding the observations will be provided once you commence the course.

The EPA Award will be observed remotely, in a real or simulated environment. You will need one learner who can be assessed towards the requirements of the apprenticeship standard for your specialist subject.

You will receive feedback from your assessor within 24 hours of submission of your work.




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Additional information

  • The IQA will endeavour to have carried out the necessary quality assurance activities within two weeks.

  • Once all course work, assessments and quality assurance activities have taken place (and you have been successful), KMF Training will make a claim for your certificate. Paper certificates can take up to 30 days to be sent out to KMF Training and then forwarded to you.

  • Please note: the downloadable resources are for personal use only, terms of use apply.


Any questions?

For further information, please contact Chris Vaines at KMF Training:

Please scroll down to see the course content.

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LinkedIn group

  • When you commence the course, you can join our exclusive LinkedIn group.

  • This is a great opportunity to discuss various topics with other participants (past and present).

  • You can ask questions directly to me and to Chris Vaines of KMF Training.

  • You can remain a member afterwards.


Course content

There are 10 modules for the assessment qualifications (plus an introduction module) , and three modules for end-point assessment (plus an introduction module) - see below.

These take between 1-3 hours to complete, depending upon the content and how fast you work.


A/1 - Key Concepts and Principles of Assessment 

• Why should assessment take place? • The key concepts of assessment • Principles of assessment • VARCS & SMART • Role & responsibilities of an assessor • Regulations & legislation relating to assessment • Policies and procedures • Reading list • Website list

Includes two downloadable resources: Assessor roles and responsibilities; A table of assessment requirements

A/2 - Planning Assessment 

• Factors to consider when planning • Minimising risks • Involving and supporting the learner • Involving others • Activities and resources • Technology • Equality and diversity • Action plans and assessment plans • Reading list • Website list

Includes six downloadable resources: A table of peer- and self-assessment advantages and limitations; Assessment methods and approaches; Minimising risks; A set of assessment record templates; Completed examples of the templates; Equality and Diversity


A/3 - Assessment Types 

• What is assessment? • The assessment cycle • Assessment types: initial, diagnostic, holistic, formative and summative • Assessment methods • Reading list • Website list

Includes one downloadable resource: A table of assessment types


A/4 - Assessment Methods

• What is assessment? • Initial, formative and summative assessment • Choosing methods • Assessment methods: informal and formal • Holistic assessment • Strengths and limitations of assessment methods • Meeting individual needs • Reading list • Website list

Includes two downloadable resources: Assessment methods and approaches; A table of examples of potential needs and points of referral

A/5 – Involving learners and Others in the Assessment Process 

• How to involve learners in the assessment process • Self-assessment • Peer-assessment • Involving others in the assessment process • Questionning • Reading list • Website list

Includes one downloadable resource: A table of peer- and self- assessment advantages and limitations



A/6 - Making Assessment Decisions and Providing Feedback

• How to make a decision • Factors influencing decisions • Appeals and complaints • What is feedback? • Different feedback methods • How to provide feedback • Feedback hints • Reading list • Website list

Includes seven downloadable resources: A table of objectives; A set of assessment record templates; A completed example of the assessment templates; A standardisation template; A completed example of the template; A list of key words to use when giving feedback; A table of examples of assessment records


A/7 - Assessment Records 

• Record keeping • Examples of assessment records • Reasons for keeping assessment records • Data Protection • Confidentiality • RARPA • Reading list • Website list

Includes three downloadable resources: A table of examples of assessment records; A set of assessment record templates; A completed example of the assessment templates


A/8 - Standardising Assessment Practice

• What is standardisation? • Benefits of standardisation • Standardisation activities • What is internal quality Assurance? • Reading list • Website list

Includes two downloadable resources: A standardisation template; A completed example of the template


A/9 - Evaluating Assessment Practice, and Continuing Professional Development 

• Why evaluate assessment practice? • How to evaluate assessment practice • What is reflective practice? • What is continuing professional development? (CPD) • Planning and maintaining CPD • Reading list • Website list

Includes six downloadable resources: A template for a reflective learning journal; a completed example of the template; A personal development plan template; a completed example of the template; A CPD template; a completed example of the template


A/10 and EPA/1 - An introduction to end-point assessment 

• What is an apprenticeship?  • Trailblazer groups  • Apprenticeship standards  • The Gateway  • End-point assessment • Role of the end-point assessor  • Assessment plans  • Qualifications for end-point assessors • Reading list  • Website list

Includes weblinks to access the current Apprenticeship Standards and Assessment Plans


EPA/2 - The end-point assessment process and EPA assessment methods

• The end-point assessment (EPA) process • The Gateway • Minimum requirements to pass through the Gateway • Preparation for EPA • Minimising risks • End-point assessment methods • EPA examples • Assessment plans • Grading • Resits and retakes • Quality assurance  • Reading list • Website list

Includes four downloadable resources: Minimising risks; Assessment types, Assessment methods, End-point assessment methods: strengths and limitations


EPA/3 - Reflective practice and continuing professional development

• Reflective practice • The EDAR model • Continuing professional development (CPD)  • CPD activities • Planning and maintaining CPD • Reading list • Website list

Includes four downloadable resources: Personal development plan (PDP) template, Completed example of a PDP template, Continuing professional development (CPD) template, Completed example of a CPD template

Qualification content cross-referencing

Click on the 'Assessment' box to download and see how the content of the online courses meets the qualifications' assessment criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Vaines at KMF Training who will be happy to help. Tel 01226 720 700.



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