Before we fully answer this question for you, let’s have a quick recap on the acronyms AET and CAVA. Firstly, AET is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. This qualification is an introduction to teaching, giving you an insight into the roles and responsibilities. You will also learn how to plan and deliver teaching sessions, as well as giving constructive criticism.
CAVA is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. This qualification allows you to assess learners in both their place of work and in learning environments. It is the only course that allows you to become a fully qualified Assessor.
So what brings these two together? Well, if you are wanting to be able to teach adult learners as well as assess them then you will need both qualifications. Which is why for anyone looking to work for colleges or Apprenticeship Training Providers, they are perfect.
More Detail About AET
So the AET qualification is ideal if you are wanting to either teach or train students. As you will probably already be aware, it is up to the organisation and awarding bodies to determine whether you need an Assessor qualification too. Some awarding bodies won’t let you assess their qualifications unless you are working towards CAVA.
If you are already qualified to teach, then adding an Assessor qualification to your portfolio seems like the perfect match. This means that you will have the skills to both teach and assess, and will be very highly regarded in your field. You will be a full package employee, capable of carrying out the following:
- Teaching your students the course material
- Preparing your students for their exams
- Assessing the final work of your students
So if you are looking to move up the teaching career ladder, CAVA could set you in the right direction.
Why Assessing & Teaching Are Great Together
Teaching and Assessing go hand-in-hand, mainly because it gives you a full insight into the entire learning and assessment process. You can guide your students through each stage, knowing exactly what will be required of them during the assessment.
It is quite similar when you look at the role of an On-Programme Assessors and EPAs (End-Point Assessments). The On-Programme Assessor has the responsibility of guiding the learner through their qualification, preparing them as best as they can for the End-Point Assessment. An independent End-Point Assessor will then be required to assess the learner during the final phase.
Of course we have to mention the opportunities that being AET and CAVA qualified will open up for you. Like we mentioned earlier, you will have the ‘full package’ and will therefore be a very attractive prospective employee. Qualified Assessors can be brought in on an ad-hoc basis, but there are costs associated with this. If you are able to be employed within the company to carry out these assessments, you will save them lots of time and money in the long-run.
If you have the skills to both teach and assess, you will have more employment options, probably a higher salary, and you will find it easier to secure a permanent role. So what is stopping you?! Get in touch with our friendly team today and we can get you enrolled on our AET or CAVA course. Give us a call on 01205 805 155.