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

1 Month

Distance Learning

£350 (+VAT)


You will learn how to undertake the assessment process in accordance to the best practice and you will understand the importance it has for the L&D activities.

Our mixed-mode approach offers true flexibility giving you the opportunity to choose where, when and how you learn.  This allows you to use work based evidence as well as the option to complete assignments.  We support your development with one-to-one guidance tailored to your individual learning needs.

The qualification focuses on developing your fundamental L&D knowledge and skills, which will improve your effectiveness in the workplace.

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:

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

Guided learning hours

The notional learning hours for this unit are 60 in total. The guided learning hours would normally be considered to be 30 with an additional 30 hours of self-directed learning for reading and the preparation of assessment evidence.

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.

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