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The Vocational Assessor Handbook

The Vocational Assessor Handbook

Including a Guide to the QCF Units for Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA)

Ros Ollin, Jenny Tucker, Ian Greer

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Understand the fundamentals of the assessment and verification of vocational qualifications with this complete overview of the principles and practices involved.

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About the book

For UK assessors of QCF qualifications and NVQs, verifiers, school and FE college teachers, providers of training and work-based learning and those working towards PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS teaching qualifications, The Vocational Assessor Handbook contains a detailed guide to the following QCF units for assessment and internal quality assurance (verification) enabling readers to:

-Understand the Principles and Practices of Assessment (Knowledge and Understanding Unit)
-Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
-Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
-Understand the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment (Knowledge and Understanding Unit)
-Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Your Own Area of Responsibility

Packed with the most up to date, detailed and reliable guidance, The Vocational Assessor Handbook is the only book for assessors and verifiers of vocational qualifications and is essential reading for anyone involved in vocational education. Previously published as The NVQ Assessor, Verifier and Candidate Handbook, this revised edition includes fully updated terminology as well as the latest information on regulations and qualifications.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction to Using this Book;
  • Section - ONE: Setting the Scene;
    • Chapter - 01: The Drive for a Skilled Workforce;
    • Chapter - 02: Overview of Vocational Qualifications and the QCF;
    • Chapter - 03: National Standards and Qualifications Development, Delivery and Regulation;
  • Section - TWO: Preparing to Do the Units – Being a Candidate;
    • Chapter - 04: Making a Good Start;
    • Chapter - 05: Starting your Course or Qualification;
    • Chapter - 06: Assessment Planning;
    • Chapter - 07: Presenting your Work;
    • Chapter - 08: Checking you are on Track for Certification;
  • Section - THREE: Guidance on Units for Assessment and Quality Assurance;
    • Chapter - 09: Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment [Units for Assessors];
    • Chapter - 10: Unit 2 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment [Units for Assessors];
    • Chapter - 11: Unit 3 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding[Units for Assessors];
    • Chapter - 12: Unit 4 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Internally Assuring the Quality of Assessment [Units for Internal Quality Assurers];
    • Chapter - 13: Unit 5 – Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment [Units for Internal Quality Assurers];
    • Chapter - 14: Unit 8 – Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility [Coordinating Internal Quality Assurance];
    • Chapter - 15: Appendix 1 – Major Changes affecting Vocational Education and its Assessment Since the 1980s;
    • Chapter - 16: Appendix 2 – Relevant Legislation;
    • Chapter - 16: Appendix 3 – Official Bodies Concerned with Quality Assurance


The plain English guide to the assessment process with excellent examples. I am sure this book will be the standard guide for many years to come.
Alexander Graham, former Chair, Training and Development Lead Body

Now more than ever, there is a general recognition that education and training lie at the heart of our economic and social futures. This book will help support effective training through effective assessment and quality assurance, and so help the investment we all make stretch even further and achieve even more in these straitened times.
Rob Wye, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Improvement Service

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749477950
  • Edition: 6
  • Published: 3rd May 2016
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x156
  • 296 pages

About the Author

Ros Ollin was a Senior Lecturer in Post-Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield, and has more than 30 years' teaching, national and international consultancy experience in vocational teaching and assessment.

The late Jenny Tucker was a Senior Lecturer in Training and Development at Sheffield College with extensive experience as an external verifier and as a consultant specializing in teaching, training and assessment.

Ian Greer has over 30 years experience in the field of Vocational Education and Training. He has been a lecturer, and senior manager in two of England's largest further education colleges, an External Verifier and Examiner for City & Guilds and Quality Advisor for the Learning + Skills council. More recently Ian has been involved with international projects in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia supporting developing TVET.

Ros Ollin

Jenny Tucker

Ian Greer