ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice 2016 and 2017 (Tech level)

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

The qualification is listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables in the Tech level category www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/339942/2016_16_to_19_performance_tables_inclusion_of_tech_levels.pdf

Tech level qualifications are primarily developed for learners aged 16 –19 studying on either a full or part-time basis.

Tech levels are aimed at learners with a keen interest in a particular industry, occupation or occupational type.

Along with developing the transferable skills needed to work in a number of job roles, these qualifications are designed to equip learners with the high level specialist technical knowledge and skills to enable them to work in a specific industry.

They can help provide entry into employment within a particular sector, onto an apprenticeship or into higher education in a related vocational area.

Tech levels are recognised by trade or professional bodies, or at least five employers.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in 2011, the UK Government announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Tech level qualifications have to demonstrate in order to feature in performance tables for 2016.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.

The new characteristics for Tech levels included in 2016 DfE performance tables define purpose, size and recognition.

Qualifications to be included in the DfE performance tables from 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.

Qualifications can be included in the 2017 performance measures according to the interim (2016) or full (2018) requirements.

The additional 2018 requirements are not reflected in this qualification.

The ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding is part of a larger suite of fabrication and welding qualifications which cover Levels 1, 2 and 3.

The ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding is a knowledge qualification within the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician) in England and Wales.

Awarding organisation
  • ABC Awards
Qualification code
600/5030/9 (Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Practice)
Structure

The ABC Diploma in Fabrication and Welding consists of mandatory units and optional units as follows:

  • mandatory unit – Science and calculations for fabrication and welding practice
  • optional unit – seven units from a range of specialist content
Subject areas

Fabrication and welding

Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2]

Level 3 is aligned with SCQF Level 6


[1] The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.

[2] The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.

Grading

Overall the qualification is Pass or Fail.

Individual units are graded.

Assessment

The mandatory Science and calculations for fabrication and welding practice unit is assessed by an internally assessed workbook and an externally assessed short answer question (SAQ) 1.5 hour examination.

The seven optional units are assessed internally and subject to internal and external moderation.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

All units must be passed in order to achieve a Pass overall; this is a criterion of the QCF.

Resit arrangements

All units can be resat within the shelf-life of the qualification.

Guided / notional learning hours
Tech Levels require a minimum size of 300 glh to provide learners with sufficient time for meaningful skills development that will equip them to follow a particular trade or profession.: 300 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Many Tech levels exceed the minimum size.

For comparison, the size of one A level is 360 glh.

The ABC Diploma in Fabrication and Welding is 480 glh; approximately 90 hours allocated for assessment.

UCAS Tariff points

ABC Level 3 Diploma In Fabrication and Welding Practice (QCF)

Grade Points
P 32
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Tech levels are designed to support progression to employment, an apprenticeship or to higher education.

Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance measures are interim qualifications available for only a small window of time between 2014 and 2017.

The majority of applicants holding these qualifications will have completed their Level 3 qualifications in 2016 and 2017.

Progression to higher education is generally within the vocational area of the Tech level and may be to a foundation degree.

The exact curriculum studied depends on the choice of optional units taken.

Applicants with Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance measures may have limited experience of external or examination assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

There are three windows in each academic year for learners to complete the Science and Calculations exam: autumn, spring and summer.

Each window lasts a fortnight.

The remaining units can be completed at any time.

External moderation, quality assurance and issue of results are completed at the end of the course. Ordinarily this is at the end of an academic year.

Qualification dates notes

From September 2017 these will be legacy qualifications.

Progression information

Learners could continue their development by covering critical welds or by seeking to achieve approval under European standards.

Learners who successfully complete this qualification could progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician), directly into employment.

Depending on a learners’ full study programme, they could progress to higher education in Engineering or a related field.