Active IQ Tech Levels (unreformed)

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Tech Levels (unreformed) 2017 performance tables
Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

These qualifications do not meet the full requirements for reformed Tech Levels which 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 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 in 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.

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 now not 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 do not meet the full requirements for reformed qualifications in respect of content, grading, and assessment.

Awarding organisation
  • Active IQ
Qualification codes
601/0348/6 (Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness)
600/4941/8 (Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training)
Structure

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness

Learners must achieve 90 credits to gain this qualification, a minimum of 50 credits must be at Level 3 or above.

Learners must achieve all four units from Mandatory Group A (14 credits).

Learners must then achieve a minimum of ten credits from groups B, C, or D.

Learners must choose either Group E or F. For Group E, learners must complete all four units (28 credits), and for Group F, learners must complete all six units (38 credits).

The remaining 28-38 credits can come from a number of optional units, including groups B, C, D, E, or F.

The full description of the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness can be found in the qualification guidance document.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

The qualification comprises ten mandatory units. This exceeds the required 40% minimum for Tech Levels.

The units were developed in collaboration with the fitness industry, and are shared across a number of AOs.

Further information and a link to the specification can be found in the qualification guidance document.

Subject areas
  • Sports sciences and the active leisure industry

Both qualifications cover the following mandatory areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • Health, safety, and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness, and health
  • Planning and instructing exercise sessions
  • Applying the principles of nutrition
  • Programming and delivering personal training
  • Planning and instructing exercise with referred clients

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness has an number of optional units, including:

  • studio cycling
  • instructing circuits
  • fitness instructing for adolescents
  • delivering physical activities for children under five
  • instructing kettlebells
  • instructing Pilates
  • fitness instructing for pre and post-natal clients
  • working with communities
  • business skills
  • activity leadership
  • sports massage
  • teaching yoga
  • fitness instructing for older adults
Levels
  • Level 3
Grading

Once all components are achieved, a Pass is awarded.

Assessment

Mandatory assessments for both qualifications

Anatomy and physiology for exercise – an externally set theory paper consisting of multiple choice questions.

Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity – an externally set, internally marked client interview, and an externally set, internally marked worksheet. (Know how to support clients).

Health, safety, and welfare in a fitness environment – an externally set, internally marked worksheet (Health, safety, and welfare in a fitness environment).

Principles of exercise, fitness, and health – an externally set theory paper consisting of multiple choice questions.

Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health – an external theory paper consisting of multiple choice questions.

Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme:

  • an external theory paper consisting of multiple choice questions
  • an externally set, internally marked case study

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training only

Planning gym-based exercise:

  • an externally set, internally marked worksheet or professional discussion, ('Planning gym-based exercise')
  • an externally set, internally marked client interview (see unit 2 and 5 client interview guidance)
  • PAR-Q
  • an externally set, internally marked programme card
  • four externally set, internally marked session plans

Instructing gym-based exercise:

  • a formative observed session
  • a summative observed session
  • an externally set, internally marked session self-evaluation

Programming personal training with clients – an externally set, internally marked case study

Delivering personal training sessions:

  • a summative observed session
  • an externally set, internally marked session self-evaluation
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Once all components are achieved, a Pass is awarded.

Resit arrangements

There are no constraints on resits for individual units, or the qualification as a whole.

Guided/notional learning hours
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness: 596 hours
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training: 345 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

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.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness

  • 596 GLH

90 credits must be achieved to gain this qualification.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

  • 345 GLH

This qualification comprises 52 credits.

For comparison, an A level is 360 GLH.

UCAS Tariff points

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness

Grade Points
P 48

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

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.

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

Applicants holding Tech Level qualifications may not have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

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.

Reporting and certification information

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

  • A levels 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.

View the results available through ABL.

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.