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The Vocational Assessor Handbook, 6th Edition

Book Description

The Vocational Assessor Handbook contains practical advice for anyone involved with the assessment and verification of vocational qualifications, addressing the latest developments in vocational education and assessment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. List of figures
  5. List of tables
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Introduction to using this book
  9. PART ONE Setting the scene
    1. Introduction
    2. 01    The drive for a skilled workforce
      1. Education and the skills gap
      2. A brief history of vocational education and training
      3. Policy affecting vocational education since 2007: addressing the skills gap
      4. Addressing the skills gap in compulsory education
      5. Addressing the skills gap in post-compulsory vocational education
      6. The further education and skills sector: education and training providers
    3. 02    Overview of vocational qualifications and the QCF
      1. Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
      2. National Vocational Qualifications and the QCF
      3. National Occupational Standards (NOS)
      4. Apprenticeships
      5. Funding for qualifications: learners and candidates
      6. QCF assessment standards for assessors, quality-assurance staff, teachers and trainers: the assessment of vocational and work-based qualifications
      7. QCF assessor qualifications and post-16 teacher training
    4. 03    National standards and qualifications development, delivery and regulation
      1. Standards development
      2. Awarding organizations
      3. Approved centres
      4. Regulation of qualifications
      5. Monitoring of qualifications through inspection
  10. PART TWO Preparing to do the units: being a candidate
    1. Introduction
    2. 04    Making a good start
      1. The candidate as an active participant
    3. 05    Starting your course or qualification
      1. Pre-course/qualification information, guidance and advice
      2. Initial assessment
      3. Enrolment, registration and induction
      4. Using a mentor
    4. 06    Assessment planning
      1. Candidates assessed in the work environment
      2. Being questioned
      3. Receiving feedback
      4. Sources and purposes of evidence
    5. 07    Presenting your work
      1. Recording your sources and avoiding plagiarism
      2. Organizing your evidence
      3. Electronic evidence and portfolios
    6. 08    Checking you are on track for certification
      1. If things go wrong
      2. Conclusion
  11. PART THREE Guidance on units for assessment and quality assurance
    1. Introduction: overview of the units
    2. Section one Units for assessors
      1. Unit 1 Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
        1. Learning outcomes:
        2. 1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment
        3. 2. Understand different types of assessment method
        4. 3. Understand how to plan assessment
        5. 4. Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment
        6. 5. Understand how to make assessment decisions
        7. 6. Understand quality assurance of the assessment process
        8. 7. Understand how to manage information relating to assessment
        9. 8. Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment
      2. Unit 2 Assess occupational competence in the work environment
        1. Learning outcomes:
        2. 1. Be able to plan the assessment of occupational competence
        3. 2. Be able to make assessment decisions about occupational competence
        4. 3. Be able to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence
        5. 4. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence
      3. Unit 3 Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
        1. Learning outcomes:
        2. 1. Be able to prepare assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
        3. 2. Be able to carry out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
        4. 3. Be able to provide required information following the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
        5. 4. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    3. Section two Units for internal quality assurers
      1. Unit 4 Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment
        1. Learning outcomes
        2. 1. Understand the context and principles of internal quality assurance
        3. 2. Understand how to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment
        4. 3. Understand techniques and criteria for monitoring the quality of assessment internally
        5. 4. Understand how to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
        6. 5. Understand how to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment
        7. 6. Understand the legal and good practice requirements for the internal quality assurance of assessment
      2. Unit 5 Internally assure the quality of assessment
        1. Learning outcomes
        2. 1 Be able to plan the internal quality assurance of assessment
        3. 2. Be able to internally evaluate the quality of assessment
        4. 3. Be able to internally maintain and improve the quality of assessment
        5. 4. Be able to manage information relevant to the internal quality assurance of assessment
        6. 5. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when internally monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment
  12. PART FOUR Coordinating internal quality assurance
    1. Unit 8 Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility
      1. Learning outcomes
      2. 1. Be able to produce a work plan for own area of responsibility
      3. 2. Be able to allocate and agree responsibilities with team members
      4. 3. Be able to monitor the progress and quality of work in own area of responsibility and provide feedback
      5. 4. Be able to review and amend plans of work for own area of responsibility and communicate changes
  13. A final word
  14. Appendix 1: Major changes affecting vocational education and its assessment since the 1980s
  15. Appendix 2: Relevant legislation
  16. Appendix 3: Official bodies concerned with quality assurance
  17. Abbreviations for departments and organizations
  18. Abbreviations connected with assessment and QA qualifications
  19. Supporting materials
  20. Index
  21. Copyright