1st4sport Level 3 ACTIVTECHs 2017 Applied General Reformed

1st4sport ACTIVTECHs

1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities

1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Countries
  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16-19 Performance Tables in the Applied General category.

Applied General qualifications are designed to develop transferable knowledge and skills for 16-19 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning.

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either in their own right or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Department for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016 onwards.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables are not now recognised.

The intention was to make reformed qualifications more rigorous and robust. As a result, they have to meet specific requirements in respect of purpose, size, recognition, content, assessment, and grading.

Between 2016 and 2018, awarding bodies have been permitted to phase in the reforms.

These qualifications meet the full requirements for reformed qualification.

Awarding organisation
  • 1st4sport Qualifications
Qualification codes
Structure

These qualifications both consist of eight mandatory units learners are required to pass all units in order to achieve the qualification.

There is also a synoptic assessment per qualification that must be successfully completed.

All qualifications have been assigned a Total Qualification Time (TQT). This is the total amount of time that it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the outcomes of the qualifications to an acceptable standard. TQT comprises guided learning hours (supervised time) and independent study time.

Subject areas
  • Sport and physical activity
  • Sports performance and excellence

1st4sport Level 3 ACTIVTECH qualifications are available in two areas:

  • Sport and Physical Activities
  • Sports Performance and Excellence
Levels
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.

Grading

Individual units are graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

The Diplomas are graded overall: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Assessment

To ensure assessment is rigorous and robust, all reformed Applied General qualifications must meet the following assessment criteria:

  • There must be a minimum of 40% external assessment.
  • There must be an element of synoptic assessment.
  • There are new rules for internal assessment, with only one opportunity to submit each assessment.
  • Quality assurance of internal assessment must be rigorous.
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners who achieve all of the assessment criteria and are awarded a Pass in all units, will achieve the qualification at Pass grade.

Learners are awarded a Merit or Distinction qualification grade by achieving all of the assessment criteria listed in the unit, in addition to the grade criteria listed against the Merit and Distinction bands.

Resit arrangements

Reformed qualifications are only allowed one resit opportunity. The resit must be a new task or assignment, different to the original assessment.

Guided / notional learning hours
1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities: 750 hours
1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence: 720 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes
  GL TQT
1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities 750 1120
1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence 720 960

 

UCAS Tariff points

1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities

Grade Points
D 96
M 64
P 32

1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Grade Points
D 96
M 64
P 32
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are rigorous advanced (Level 3) qualifications, mainly taken by 16-19 year old students who want to develop transferable knowledge and skills.

They are designed to support progression to a range of higher education courses.

Applied General qualifications differ in size. Some will meet the entry requirements for higher education in their own right, whereas some will be offered in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications, for instance, A levels.

The exact curriculum studied may depend on the choice of optional units taken, however reformed qualifications require a specified core of at least 60%.

All Applied General qualifications have the endorsement of at least three higher education providers.

Applicants holding reformed Applied General qualifications will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

Internal assessments can be completed at any point through the learner's time on the programme.

External assessments must be completed and submitted to 1st4sport Qualifications within preset assessment windows, typically in February-March, April-May, and June (resits only).

Results are issued to centres within 25 working days of the end of the assessment windows.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2016
Qualification dates notes

These qualifications are due for review before 30 September 2019.

Certification information

The results of this qualification are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). 

As results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Progression information

These qualifications offer progression to a range of higher education courses.

Larger qualifications, like extended diplomas, will allow learners to progress directly to higher education.

Some qualifications will need to be offered in conjunction with other qualifications like A levels.