CAVA Qualification

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

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Overview

Are you looking to become an assessor at your place of work? Maybe you work as a teacher, a nurse, an electrical engineer, or a business administrator… it doesn’t matter! As long as you hold the CAVA assessor qualification (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement) and have experience in the area you wish to assess, this NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement will allow you to do so.

CAVA (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement) is an assessor course and qualification that teaches how to monitor and evaluate vocational skills. The CAVA course is competency-based and requires students to provide evidence of real-world monitoring and assessment.

During this CAVA course, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of exactly what it takes to become an assessor, learning all about the different types of methods, and the importance of quality assurance. You’ll become confident in assessing learners based on a variety of evidence materials, such as portfolios, witness testimony, direct observation, and more. Even better, this is a transferable qualification, so if you’re fully qualified and experienced in several areas, you can assess them all!

After you’ve completed this CAVA Qualification, you’ll be fully qualified to assess vocational competency for a wide range of qualifications such as RQFs, NVQs, and diplomas. You’ll also be able to complete your course in your own time, at your own pace, so it fits perfectly around work and family commitments.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

Those who undertake this unit will have a better understanding of the function of assessment. A key focus of the unit is to involve the learners in the assessment process so they see it as an integral part of their learning experience.

Unit 2 - Assess occupational competencies in the work environment

This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses in the work environment using methods such as observations, questions and examining products of work.

Unit 3 - Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

The aim of this unit is to assess the trainee Assessor’s performance in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (eg workshops, classrooms or other training environments), and in any other environment using methods such as assignments, projects, simulations and tests.

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Awarding Body

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NCFE is the leader in vocational and technical learning committed to powering a more intelligent education eco-system. We combine over 170 years of experience with deep insight into what is needed and what works.

From world-class qualifications and content to new assessment methodologies, from innovative technology platforms to partnership opportunities with our network of expert collaborators – NCFE galvanises the education sector to shape the most innovative solutions for individual learning needs.  In doing this, we’re working for a fairer education system for all learners to power inclusivity and choice.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this CAVA course, you’ll be awarded a formal certificate of achievement from NCFE, the UK’s leading sector specialist in health, care and education. 

This certificate will state you have passed the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. Learners who achieve one of these CAVA qualifications could progress to the NCFE Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Each unit is followed by a written assignment which will be marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam. Your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

This is a regulated qualification, in which staff involved in the assessment must:

  • Already hold the qualification they are assessing (or a recognised equivalent) and have successfully assessed learners for other Teaching, Learning or Assessment qualifications
  • Have up-to-date working knowledge and experience of best practices in assessment and quality assurance.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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What qualifications do you need to become an assessor?

Before becoming a qualified assessor, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification at an accredited institution, such as Oxbridge. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll receive a Certificate of Competence and Statement Of Results (SOR). Now you can register with an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), and that’s that; you’re now a qualified assessor.

How do I become an assessor?

In order to become a qualified assessor, you’ll need to hold a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the area you’re hoping to assess as well as industry experience. Additionally, you’ll have to obtain an assessing qualification like the Oxbridge NCFE Level 3 Certificate. 

How do I become a teacher without a degree?

While this is an unusual route to becoming a teacher, it’s certainly possible. First, you have to work towards getting a Diploma in Education and Training (DET). In order to qualify for this, you’ll need to have at least Level 2 skills in Maths and English, but if you’re thinking of teaching these subjects, you’ll need a Level 3. Additionally, you’ll have to be able to evidence at least 100 hours of teaching experience.  

After obtaining your DET, you can apply for QTLS and obtain an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) certificate. After this, you’ll need to register for the Professional Formation, leading to the QTLS. 

How long is a teacher training course in the UK?

Generally, you will complete a teacher training course within one year, should you do a post-graduate PGCE program. During this time, you’ll spend both academic time on campus and several weeks in school placements, getting hands-on experience. This is also when you will train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. 

What qualifications do you need to be a teacher?

In the UK, you are required to have a degree and gain a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in order to teach in state schools. If you wish to teach at the primary level, you will also need to have achieved the minimum pass grade in GCSE English, maths, and science. 

Explain the UK Education System – Key Stages

The UK educational system is divided into primary and secondary schools, with a few authorities running a three-tier system. The key stages include:

  • Early years foundation stage (EYFS): 0-5-year-olds – nursery and reception
  • Key Stage 1: 5-7 year olds – school years 1-2
  • Key Stage 2: 7-11 year olds – school years 3-6
  • Key Stage 3: 11-14 year olds – school years 7-9
  • Key Stage 4: 14-16 year olds – school years 10-11
  • Post-16 teaching

Our teaching and assessing courses focus on post-16 education.

Why take a teaching assessing course online?

Assessing is another major part of post-16 vocational qualifications. You can become a qualified assessor or IQA with Oxbridge assessing courses. No matter what your occupation is, our flexible course will help you obtain the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).

With our courses being online, you can complete the course in your own time, at your own pace, so it fits perfectly around work and other commitments.

Why take a teaching course online?

There is a constant need to qualify more and more great teachers, and it’s unlikely this need will go away any time soon. If you’re considering pursuing a career in teaching, our Oxbridge courses are the ideal tool to help you prepare for the art of teaching. With our online courses, you can choose to set a schedule that fits your agenda.

Oxbridge courses will qualify you to teach post-16 and are also used as access courses for primary and secondary education qualifications. However, if you’re looking to teach Early Years (ages 0-5), then our Early Years courses will be more suitable.

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Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

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