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Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related  Achievement

Now that you have obtained your Level 3 Award in Education and Training the next logical step is to obtain your Assessor qualification. 

As a Training Provider …The EnergyWise Academy will only employ Assessors who have completed this qualification. 

Despite the fact that you will have completed the Unit #5  “Understanding Assessment in Education and Training during your E.A.T.  training course  the main Unit to the Assessor qualification is “Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment”   

The main job of the Assessor is quite different to that of the tutor. 

Assessment takes place throughout the duration of any training course although the students seem to focus entirely on their Practical Observation as their main assessment.

The Assessor has a slightly different role to that of the Tutor as they need to establish goals and an write action plan to enable them to cover all the learning outcomes. When you consider the purpose of assessing learners is also to find out what they have learned as well as what they need to achieve in order to successfully complete their training, this becomes clearer. 

Most Training Providers like to employ an Assessor who has no relationship with the Learner in order for them to remain totally unbiased when completing their assessments. Working as a team the tutor and assessor give the best possible service to the learners. 

Additionally, when adding the third QA role of Internal Verifier to your skills – the pre-requisite to achieving the Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practices is Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related  Achievement

Having all three Quality Assurance qualifications subjects will make you much more attractive to prospective employers and in short …means you are far more employable. 

There are not nearly enough assessors and Internal Verifiers available. 

Who is this course for?

This course is for candidates who already hold the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

The role of an assessor is one that supports the tutors and the learners.

Before considering whether the evidence presented to them has met the assessment criteria, the assessor needs to make judgments about more fundamental aspects of the work presented to them. Specifically, they need to judge the extent to which work is sufficient, authentic and current.  

The progression from this qualification is to obtain the Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practices. 

The assessor is required to provide clear guidance and feedback to learners.

This is a task that is extremely rewarding when the outcome is a positive one.

The real skill an assessor needs to acquire is how to give feedback when the learner has not been successful.

The assessor must ensure that their decisions are made solely on the specified performance criteria.

Learners cannot be either referred or passed based on activities or evidence that does not relate to the performance criteria.  

Therefore the role of the assessor is to become familiar with the specific performance criteria. 

How is this course structured?

This course is usually completed face to face, however there is always scope to complete it via blended learning online if you live further afield.

If you would prefer to complete this course via blended learning, please call us on 0131 669 8888 to discuss.

The units in this qualification are listed below.

Learners must complete both mandatory units

Unit # 1 Understanding the principles and practices of assessment ~ Level 3

3 x credits D/601/5313  

Unit 2 Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding ~ Level 3 (F/601/5319)

Assessment of this qualification is via the following:

As a minimum, there must be performance evidence for at least three of the following assessment
• assessments of the learner in simulated environments
• skills tests
• oral and written questions
• assignments
• projects
• case studies
• recognising prior learning

As you would expect our team at The EnergyWise Academy will give you guidance on how to access and /or set up assessment situations which are relevant to your existing qualifications. 

In other words you can only assess a subject in which you hold a professional qualification plus considerable industry experience. 

Why train with The EnergyWise Academy?

My name is  Fiona Brown and I have been in the health &  fitness industry for more than 30 years and have been a tutor/ teacher trainer for more than 20 years.  I have  worked in Scotland  for most of that time and when looking for staff in 2000 to help train my ever increasing client list in my Personal Trainer studio , I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of quality training courses north of the border.

When I opened my Pilates Studio in 2002 the situation was worse! It seemed the only way to obtain a quality Pilates qualification was to travel to London.  That was when I took the decision in 2003 to establish my own accredited training academy. After two long years during which I will admit I was on the steepest of learning curves The EnergyWise Academy was born in 2005.

There are very few, if any, training providers in Scotland who can claim to have taught Group Exercise classes for more than 20 years …trained more than 5,000 PT clients appointments over 11 years, building a team of Personal Trainers,  before selling the business to concentrate on building The EnergyWise Academy. Additionally teaching Mat Pilates classes and 1:1 Pilates for ten years, before writing their own REPs accredited Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification. ( I am staggered myself at the list of years ..if you add  them all together I should actually be 100 years old …but most of them happened simultaneously.)

Over the last fifteen years I have hand picked a select team of tutors and assessors all of whom are still active within the health &  fitness industry …each and every one of them are still out there, teaching classes to the public, something we are very proud of. With a collective 200 years experience in health & fitness.

We also know that what we teach on this training course dovetails perfectly with training Teachers and Therapists to teach their subject. The reason for this is that there is no practical element relating to any specific subject …it is all classroom based and focuses on the theory of teaching. So whatever your chosen field …we can teach you how to teach the theory to  your students. There is a definite skill to teaching ….it’s not enough to stand in front of a group of people and talk – LEARNING NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE! We walk our talk!

Since establishing The EnergyWise Academy as Scotland’s leading training provider we have a unique status in being the only training provider in this country who can offer all four of the current Level 3 Qualifications plus the full suite of Quality assurance qualifications.

Most providers either specialise in Fitness or Pilates …we do both and have recently added Yoga and Exercise Referral to our portfolio.

What else makes us exceptional? All of our Tutors and assessors are still actively teaching the general public on a daily basis. We walk  our talk …it’s not all about the theory from a textbook or manual. We have our own premises with dedicated classroom space …you’ll never have to sit on a floor while learning!

I am proud to have earned my title of T.E.G. or technical expert, having written the Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification for a major U.K. Awarding Body, reviewed their Personal Trainer qualification, Advanced Exercise to Music qualification and piloted their Ante/Post Natal Award along with contributing to their Level 2 Gym instructor manual. I have also been invited to numerous SkillsActive standardisation meetings for the development of all fitness qualifications to meet the NOS – National Occupational Standards.

During your training course you will obviously study the regular syllabus of the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement …which we cover in great depth …however we have also added an invaluable component which gives you real life experience of assessment procedures. 

Our reputation is second to none!

What is the pre-requisite?

All candidates are required to have industry standard recognised qualifications plus a minimum of three years active experience in the subject they plan to teach.

As discussed above The EnergyWise Academy ask that you already hold the Level 3 Award in Education and Training as we believe that the best assessors are those who have gone through the process of actively teaching learners.

Communication skills and a passion for sharing your knowledge are also definite requirements.

How much does is cost?

Course fees; including all learning materials, assessments and certification: £495.00

Payment plans are available.

Please call us on 0131 669 8888 to discuss.

We also offer a discount of £100 to students who purchase the Level 3 Award in Education and Training at the same time as this 
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

For those who wish to complete the set and add the Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practices we offer a further discount of £100. 

In summary the package of all three Quality Assurance qualifications when bought together and paid in full is a total of £1385.00 instead of £1595.00 when bought separately.   

When is the next course?

We have no dates at the moment as the candidates for training are few and far between. 

This course will be delivered via a blend of *face to face tutorials and home study with the Active IQ eLearning Portal.

Initially there will one *face to face meeting. On this day you will be issued with your L.A.P.-  Learner Achievement Portfolio and relevant text book or manual. 

You will be given guidance on how best to complete your L.A.P. and we can set up an action plan for the best way for you to complete the required assessments. 

In the weeks in between your  *face to face learning we offer regular contact from your tutor via email and potentially Skype/Zoom, in order to keep the momentum going and answer any questions you may have.

We aim to give you the best of both worlds by providing real **live tutorials with an expert tutor PLUS the flexibility of home study.

We all lead busy lives and if you are working within the fitness/yoga industry you are probably working too many hours …scattered across the week …with not much time for yourself!

If you are interested in completing this course, please get in touch with us using the contact box below.

*face to face or via Skype/Zoom or Loom
**live or via Skype/Zoom or Loom

Where is this training course held?

The majority of our training courses are delivered at Queen Margaret University Sports Centre by our very own EnergyWise Academy tutors.  It makes sense to have all our training courses under one roof and the benefits are as follows:

  • Excellent parking with no restrictions
  • Lothian bus services right to the door
  • Musselburgh Train Station is on the campus …only 6 mins train ride from Waverley station
  • Starbucks coffee shop on site
  • Maggie’s Café/Bar on site serving snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinners
  • Potential overnight accommodation in student residence (subject to term/holidays)

If you are unsure of where the University is located I have a series of links to help you: Queen Margaret University Lothian Buses Train times and tickets – Musselburgh Station

If you need any help whatsoever with your travel or accommodation plans …don’t hesitate to ask us by sending an email to

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