Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

This qualification is aimed at

This qualification is intended for those who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice as assessors. This may include managers of assessors where the managers themselves will not be assessing and who wish to understand assessment and achieve accreditation for their knowledge. It may also be a useful option for those people wishing to get into assessment by providing an accredited ‘first step’ which will permit them to move forward and extend their qualification when they have the opportunity to work directly with candidates and learners in an assessment environment.

NOTE: Achievement of this qualification on its own WILL NOT permit the holder to assess others with in their work environments or training rooms/classrooms. This qualification is about ‘knowledge and understanding only’. To be qualified to assess others, the holder will need to gain the additional units to achieve the appropriate assessor qualification.

How does the candidate achieve this qualification?

The Unit 301 is a knowledge Unit and as such, Unit 301 candidates working towards this qualification will not directly assess candidate but will have to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding required to prove that they know and ‘understand the principles and practices of assessment’.


Unit 301 candidates will either:

  • attend a face-to-face closed training session within a group of candidate within a single organisation, or
  • attend a face-to-face open training session with a group of mixed candidates, or
  • work through the Online Learning Materials (distance learning) for this Unit.


Once the training has been completed, Unit 301 candidates will have to complete an assignment to explain in detail (usually by typing in detailed responses to questions) to show that they know and understand ‘the principles and practices of assessment’. This assignment can be submitted via an ePortfolio or by Paper Based Portfolio (postal submission). As this Unit is knowledge only and only requires a single assignment submission, ePortfolio is not recommended for this single knowledge Unit qualification as the cost of an ePortfolio will be disproportionate to the amount of evidence (the assignment) being submitted.

ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Approved CentreAwarding Body

City & Guilds

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