Active IQ Tech Levels Unreformed

Tech levels unreformed 2017 Performance Tables
Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

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

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 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.

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 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

The learners must achieve 90 credits to gain this qualification; a minimum of 50 credits must be at level 3 or above.

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

Learners must then achieve a minimum of 10 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), 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.

https://activeiq.co.uk/qualifications/level-3/diploma-in-health-and-fitness/

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 AO's.

Further information and a link to the specification can be found

https://activeiq.co.uk/qualifications/level-3/diploma-in-fitness-instructing-and-personal-training/

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 or
  • Planning and instructing exercise with referred clients

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

  • Studio cycling
  • Instructing circuits
  • Fitness instructing for adolescents
  • Delivering physical activities for children under 5's
  • 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
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.: 596 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.: 345 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Fitness

  • 596 GLH
  • 900 TQT

90 credits must be achieved to gain this qualification.

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training

  • 345 GLH
  • 520 TQT

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 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.

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.