All units will be assessed in line with the Skills for Care and Development’s QCF Assessment Principles. Assessment decisions for competence based learning outcomes will be made by an occupationally competent assessor. Expert witnesses can be used for direct observation where they have occupational expertise for specialist areas or the observation is of a particularly sensitive nature. The use of expert witnesses will be determined and agreed by the assessor. Assessment decisions for knowledge based learning outcomes will be made by an assessor qualified to make assessment decisions.