The Assessment Process

If you’ve never been assessed before, you’re probably wondering what it’s all about…

It’s actually pretty straight-forward. The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have created qualifications called Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s) and they’re designed to be achieved in the workplace.

There are SVQ’s for almost every kind of job, so if you’re currently going through one, then it’ll be the SVQ which best suits your current job role. The SVQ doesn’t teach you how to do your job, that’s for your manager to do. Instead, SVQ’s tell you what the industry ‘standards’ are for your job and our assessors help you meet those standards so that you can do your job better.

If you haven’t already, you’ll be assigned an assessor to help you work in line with the standards and once you prove that you can do your job in line with all of the necessary standards, we can award you your SVQ.

Gathering Evidence

In order to prove that you can meet the standards set out by the SQA, your assessor will ask you to gather evidence. It can be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of gathering evidence you’ll be able to progress through your SVQ really quickly!

Common types of evidence are:

Reflective Account: This is when you write about the task that you’ve just finished working on to explain how and why you did it. Be as descriptive as possible and always write it as if you’ve already completed the task and you’re helping someone else understand what it was. Reflective accounts are normally a little over a page long – don’t worry, though, there won’t many of them!Screenshots with statements: When you’re working with computer systems, the best way to gather evidence is often to take a screenshot of what you’re working on. Take them as regularly as possible and save them in Google Sheets so that you can organise them for your assessor. You should then write a short paragraph on each one explaining what you’re doing and why.

You know you have screenshots to collect whenever you see this logo:Screenshot

Whenever you see this logo:


You can join the classroom using the code provided in the course summary and submit your evidence in Google Classrooms, or print it off and hand it to your assessor for feedback.

There are a few different types of evidence such as direct questioning and interviews. It’s important to remember that no matter what kind of evidence you’re providing, the reason you’re doing it is to prove that you can perform the tasks you do, so your evidence should be fairly detailed and easy to understand.

Knowledge and Understanding

When it comes to completing Knowledge and Understanding units, it’s best to study up on them as much as possible using the material on this site. You will then need to prove that you know and understand the criteria contained in the unit you’re working on.

There are a couple of ways to do this.

Complete the form on Google Classrooms and submit it for feedback from your assessorComplete the relevant quiz on this site. When you reach the quiz results screen, click ‘view answers’, then press ctrl+p to save the full quiz results as a pdf. You can either give the results to your assessor, or submit the .pdf through Google Classrooms.

Or, you could do both just to be super efficient!

Useful links

Google Classrooms


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