Active IQ Tech Levels Reformed

Tech levels reformed DfE 2018 Performance Tables
Country
  • England
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16-19 Performance Tables in the Tech Level category.

These qualifications meet the full requirements for reformed Tech Levels which all qualifications will have to meet for inclusion in the 2018 Performance Tables.

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 in a particular industry, occupation or occupational type.

Along with developing transferable skills required to work within 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 within 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.

They have to be recognised by a trade or professional body or at least five employers.

There is a requirement for all students to undertake meaningful activity involving employers in the course of their study.

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 Tech Level 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 qualifications.

Awarding organisation
  • Active IQ
Qualification codes
601/9003/6 (Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance)
601/9002/4 (Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance)
601/6042/1 (Active IQ Level 3 Diploma In Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science)
Structure

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

Learners must complete all 12 mandatory units (86 credits). For detailed information on the qualification structure download the Qualification Guidance.

https://www.activeiq.co.uk/qualifications/level-3/diploma-in-personal-training-for-health-fitness-and-performance/

Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

Over the two year programme learners must complete the 14 mandatory units (93 credits) and a minimum of 40 credits from any of the optional units. For detailed information on the qualification structure download the Qualification Guidance.

https://www.activeiq.co.uk/qualifications/level-3/extended-diploma-in-personal-training-for-health-fitness-and-performance/

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma In Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science

Over the two year programme learners must complete the 14 mandatory units (91 credits) and a minimum of 40 credits from any of the optional units. In total a minimum of 131 credits must be achieved. A minimum of 66 credits must be achieved at level 3. For detailed information on the qualification structure download the Qualification Guidance.

https://activeiq.co.uk/qualifications/level-3/diploma-in-physical-activity-fitness-and-exercise-science/

Subject areas
  • Sports sciences and the active leisure industry
  • Principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Health and safety in a physical activity, fitness and sport environment
  • Applied human biology for exercise and fitness
  • Principles of nutrition for healthy lifestyles
  • Conducting consultations with personal training clients
  • Programme design and delivery for personal training
  • Delivering exceptional customer care
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Marketing products and services
  • Technology in sport and exercise
  • Managing personal and professional development
Levels
  • Level 3
Grading

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

The combined outcome of the level 3 multiple-choice theory exams and the video analysis of a client consultation and personal training session determine each learner’s overall grade when all of the other units (requirements of the qualification) have been completed. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma In Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science

The combined outcome of the level 3 multiple-choice theory exams determine each learner’s overall grade when all of the other units (requirements of the qualification) have been completed. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Assessment

In order to ensure that assessment is rigorous and robust, all reformed Tech Level qualifications must meet the following assessment criteria:

  • There must be a minimum of 30% 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

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

Externally set, externally marked multiple-choice theory exams and the externally set, externally marked video analysis of a client consultation and personal training session contribute to more than 30% of this qualification.

The combined outcome of the level 3 multiple-choice theory exams and the video analysis of a client consultation and personal training session determine each learner’s overall grade when all of the other units (requirements of the qualification) have been completed.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma In Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science

Externally set, externally marked multiple-choice theory exams make up 30% of this qualification. The combined outcome of the level 3 multiple-choice theory exams determine each learner’s overall grade when all of the other units (requirements of the qualification) have been completed.

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
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; for comparison, the size of one A level is 360 glh.: 755 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; for comparison, the size of one A level is 360 glh.: 1217 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; for comparison, the size of one A level is 360 glh.: 1102 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

755 GLH

921 TQT

Learners must complete 86 credits to achieve the qualification.

Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

1217 GLH

1541 TQT

Learners must complete 133 credits to achieve the qualification.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma In Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science

1102 GLH

1360 TQT

Learners must complete 131 credits to achieve this qualification.

For comparison, one A level is 360 glh; three A levels are 1080 glh.

UCAS Tariff points

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

Grade Points
D 96
M 64
P 32

Active IQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance

Grade Points
D 144
M 96
P 48

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Physical Activity, Fitness and Exercise Science

Grade Points
D 72
M 48
P 24
Key issues for UK HE admissions

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

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 may depend on the choice of optional units taken; however reformed Tech Level qualifications require a specified core of at least 40%.

Applicants holding reformed Tech Level/applied general qualifications will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

The assessments take place on demand.

When the qualification is complete the centre will submit a certification claim. Once quality assurance has taken place, successful learners will receive their qualification certificates. There are no fixed time frames and operates on demand.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2016
Certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A level and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL; this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

The results available through ABL can be found at: https://www.ucas.com/providers/undergraduate/undergraduate-application-process/awarding-body-linkage-abl#documents.

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

The results of these qualifications are not reported through ABL. 

Progression information

These qualifications offer progression to higher education, an apprenticeship or employment.

Progression to HE will probably be in the vocational area of the qualification and may be to a foundation degree.

Additional qualifications may be needed for progression to higher education.

Tech level qualifications are supported by at least five employers from the job sector the qualification is related to.

All students have to take part in meaningful activity involving employers in the course of their study; examples are work-placements, taking part in projects, or some of the course being taught by some-one who works in the industry.