NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA)

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) qualification is the only assessors qualification that will enable you to work as a fully qualified assessor. This is the full version of the TAQA course. Upon successful completion of this CAVA qualification, you will become a qualified assessor. This course replaces the old A1 / A2 and D32 / 33 assessor qualifications.

This Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement qualification 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 environments. This is a transferable qualification to any sector that you have occupational competence in. This assessors award provides a national benchmark for best practice in assessing.

This assessors award is ideal for students who would like to be fully qualified assessors for learners in either the classroom and/or the work environment. This qualification will enable you to assess vocational competencies in a wide range of qualifications such as:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificates
  • RQFs (NVQs/QCFs)
  • Awards, Certificates, Diplomas

By studying this course you will:

  • Build an in-depth knowledge of assessing, covering key topics including principles and practices of assessment, types of assessment methods, the importance of quality assurance in assessment processes
  • Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence
  • Be able to prepare and implement assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Be able to provide required information following the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

One benefit of choosing Oxbridge to study your CAVA qualification is we can potentially provide you with learners to assess. This is something that can be discussed with our one of our specialist student support advisers. However, your occupational competence and courses we offer are deciding factors in finding the right learners for you to assess.

Perfect for anyone looking to assess competence and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in work environments.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X316
Qualification code: 501/0885/2
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 85 hours to complete the learning for this course, which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months. The total qualification time is 150 hours.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then 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 practice in assessment and quality assurance
Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

This course carries 15 credits at Level 3.

Learners who achieve one of these qualifications could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
Level 3
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.
Minimum Enrolment Age
19 years
Section 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.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

You'll need to find two students who's work you can assess. Good news though, if your subject speciality matches any of our courses, we can provide student materials for you to assess.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Very positive and encouraging
Emily R

Very speedy replies and results, very positive and encouraging especially with this being such a big step for me moving out of my comfort zone

Learned so much

I have learned so much from this CAVA course. Especially how to be an independent learner. I think that distance learning gives that advantage.

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Definitely, the best Distance learning organisation that I have ever come across, without a shadow of a doubt. I was shopping around for the CAVA and came across many different providers. Firstly I found the Oxbridge Home learning website easy to navigate with a fresh modern design. The information about the courses is very well presented and easy to digest. The course information, awarding body, course structure, unit info, requirements, and fees are all well presented. I knew what course I wanted and it was the Oxbridge site that really caught my eye. I decided that I was going to enrol with them and this process couldn’t have been smoother. The financing application was quick, efficient, and transparent.

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