Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) Level 3
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Teacher Education
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Hele Road See below. See below. See below. To be confirmed. £890 None.

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This qualification is suitable if you are vocationally competent & want to develop knowledge and skills of how to assess ‘on the job’ in a real workplace environment or if you are already assessing and need to evidence your skills and knowledge. This will qualify you to assess learners in any learning environment for both knowledge and occupational competence in the workplace.

We aim to provide taught sessions to support you with your assignment work and a nominated assessor to guide you through the practical component of the course.

When is the next CAVA course?

Start dates: September 2018 , January and April 2019 (date tbc)
Interviews to be held on an individual basis.

This unit will be delivered over 4 days and assessed up to 2 months.

What topics will I study?

Unit 301 is the theory behind the principles and practices of assessment, you will complete an online induction module along with assignment work.

Unit 302 is a practical one you will provide evidence of your ability to assess occupational competence in a workplace environment, you will be observed by your assessor and provide real working evidence.

Unit 303 is a practical one and provides evidence of your ability to assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding carrying out vocationally related assessments in learning environments (e.g.  Classrooms, simulations, online learning systems), you will be observed by your assessor and provide real working evidence.

You will gain legislative and practical knowledge about the role of the Assessor. You will assess a minimum of two learners in your vocational area, work with a mentor/2nd line assessor who will monitor your decisions, and activity in planning and carrying out a range of activity to assess competency and knowledge against qualifications/ standards/skills in your subject area and will share experiences, skills and knowledge.  You will also research vocational and professional development opportunities and reflect on their impact on developing your own practice.

What are the entry requirements?

All candidates must have:

  • Vocational qualifications  (minimum level 3 or equivalent)
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English (or equivalent)
  • Grade C or above in GCSE Math’s (or equivalent)
  • ICT skills
  • DBS check

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre with computer access in the college.

There are refectories, Coffee bars plus the @34 restaurant facility. There is a Student Union at the College and advice and support via the student progressions team.

What can the course lead on to?

On successful completion of this course, you could move directly into a role as an Assessor and after one year may apply for the Internal Quality Assurer qualification.

Are there any additional costs?

Candidates must also provide and pay for their own DBS check if they don’t already have one.


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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