CIPD Foundation Award – Assessing Learning and Development (3ASL)

2 Months


£350 + £45 (+VAT)

  • Fully flexible delivery options and start datesDedicated personal adviser throughout your programme24/7 support via our Virtual Learning EnvironmentDownloadable course materials and supporting resourcesTutors 100% CIPD qualified and have strategic and practical HR experienceFlexible interest free payment plans up to 12 mths for all Certificates and Diplomas*Full range of CIPD modules with a mixed mode approachOur candidates attain results that are higher than the national average

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Purpose and aim of unit

Assessment of learning is an essential aspect of L&D, not only for learners and trainers, but also for various other stakeholders.  Assessment enables learners to recognise their progress and identify areas of strength and weakness whilst enabling L&D practitioners to gauge how learning activities are being received and where adjustments or extra efforts are required. For third parties such as awarding organisations, regulatory bodies and employers, accurate assessment underpins the validity and integrity of qualification systems.  This unit enables learners to develop knowledge and clarity about different types of assessment, different assessment criteria and different assessment methods. Building on this knowledge, learners are required to practise the skills of assessment through planning, preparing and undertaking assessment in different L&D contexts, and providing accurate, clear and constructive verbal and written feedback.

 This unit is suitable for persons who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in L&D
  • are already working as an L&D practitioner/assessor and wish to develop and accredit their capabilities in this area.

 Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  • Understand the principles and practice of assessment.
  • Be able to plan and prepare for assessment.
  • Be able to undertake a reliable, valid and fair assessment.
  • Be able to give accurate, clear and constructive feedback on the outcomes of assessment.

 Unit assessment 

 To achieve this unit, the evidence the learner presents for assessment must demonstrate that they have met all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

1     Understand the principles and practice of assessment 1.1 Identify the differences between initial assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment.

1.2 Explain the differences between assessing knowledge, assessing skills and assessing occupational competence.


2     Be able to plan and prepare for assessment 2.1 Summarise the factors to be considered when planning for assessment.

2.2 Describe a range of assessment methods and when they are best used.

2.3 Plan and prepare for undertaking assessment.


3     Be able to undertake a reliable, valid and fair assessment. 3.1 Explain the criteria to be used in assessment and the requirements governing their use.

3.2 Match candidate work/evidence against criteria to make an assessment decision and justify how the assessment decision is valid, reliable and fair.


4     Be able to give accurate, clear and constructive feedback on the outcomes of assessment. 4.1 Explain principles of good practice for giving feedback.

4.2 Provide assessment feedback which is accurate, clear, and constructive to a candidate.


5     Be able to record and process assessment decisions. 5.1 Explain the purpose(s) of assessment records and what should be included.

5.2 Use an appropriate format, and follow organisational procedures for writing, sharing and storing assessment records.


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