City & Guilds Tech Levels unreformed (Craft level)

Tech Levels unreformed
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
  • City & Guilds
Qualification codes
501/0618/1 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles (QCF) )
500/9989/9 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles (QCF) )
601/3142/1 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (QCF))
601/3139/1 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) (QCF) )
500/9001/X (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up (QCF) )
500/9983/8 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF))
501/0021/X (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF))
600/8592/7 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Painting and Decorating (QCF))
601/1001/6 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Plastering (QCF))
601/3140/8 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (QCF))
601/1284/0 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Shopfitting Joinery (QCF))
601/3598/0 (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Stonemasonry (QCF))
Structure

The qualifications are unitised; each unit has a credit value based on size. 

The structure varies according to the sector requirements and size.

Rules of combination determine the minimum credit value to achieve a pass.

Subject areas
  • Hospitality: professional cookery
  • Vehicle technology
  • Building construction
  • Hairdressing
  • Automotive
  • Special effects and media make-up artistry
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

Units are graded either Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction or Pass/Fail.

Overall qualification grade is Pass/Fail.

Assessment

Assessment of these qualifications is by a combination of:  

  • Externally set assignments
  • Internally assessed, externally verified portfolio of evidence
  • Externally set and marked online exam.
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Qualification and units are awarded on a Pass/Fail basis. To achieve the qualification, learners must meet minimum credit values according to rules of combination. Learners achieve credit by passing unit assessments.

Resit arrangements

Learners must complete assessments during their period of registration.

Assessment is available on a 'when ready' basis.

There are no limitations on the number of times a learner can attempt the assessments.

Guided / notional learning hours notes

Tech levels (unreformed) 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.

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles (QCF). 660 - 710 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles (QCF). 690 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (QCF). 785 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) (QCF). 437 - 467 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up (QCF). 437 - 467GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF). 670 - 717 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF). 665 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Painting and Decorating (QCF). 442 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Plastering (QCF). 473 - 477 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (QCF). 384 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma In Shopfitting Joinery (QCF). 470 GLH
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Stonemasonry (QCF). 447 GLH
UCAS Tariff points

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles

Grade Points
P 48

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles

Grade Points
P 48

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery

Grade Points
P 64

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder)

Grade Points
P 48

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up

Grade Points
P 32

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles

Grade Points
P 48

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles

Grade Points
P 48

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating

Grade Points
P 32

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Plastering

Grade Points
P 32

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery

Grade Points
P 32

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Shopfitting Joinery

Grade Points
P 32

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Stonemasonry

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

Assessment for these qualifications is available flexibly. Learners may complete the qualification at any time during the year.

UCAS applicants will have their results sent directly to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL) according to UCAS requirements and timelines.

Qualification dates notes

These qualifications are already available. Please refer to the City & Guilds product pages for current final registration and certification dates.

Certification information

City & Guilds does not currently publish grade distribution information or number of certifications for these qualifications.

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 reported through ABL. 

Progression information

The qualifications are designed to support progression to employment, higher/advanced apprenticeships or higher education.

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

Additional qualifications such as A levels may be needed for progression into higher education.

Further information

Links to the qualification webpage and specifications: http://www.cityandguilds.com