- Northern Ireland
- 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.
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. Reformed Tech Levels 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.
- City & Guilds
City & Guilds Level 3 Technicals are a suite of qualifications covering a range of occupational areas. There are three types of City & Guilds Technical qualification - Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma. These are further sub-divided into five sizes as follows.
- Advanced Technical Certificate (360 GLH)
- Advanced Technical Diploma (450/540 GLH)
- Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720/1080 GLH)
City & Guilds' suite of Technical qualifications include mandatory units and some qualifications offer optional units:
- The majority of Technicals include mandatory units only, providing the main skills and knowledge required to work within the industry.
- Some Technicals include optional units providing centres with the flexibility to meet local employment needs when devising programmes.
- Where a Technical qualification includes optional units and/or pathways, the mandatory content always exceeds 40% of the total GLH required.
- Land-based technology
- Construction and the built environment
- Digital technology
- Travel and tourism
- Land and wildlife
- Business travel
- Animal Management
- Legal secretaries
- Medical administration
- Complementary therapies
- Special effects and media make-up artistry
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.
Assessments are graded pass/merit/distinction
Overall the qualifications are graded pass/merit/distinction/distinction*
Overall aggregation is graded from mandatory content (synoptic and external test). There is no compensation and only one resit opportunity for each synoptic assessment and exam.
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.
City & Guilds Technicals are assessed primarily using two assessment methods:
- Externally set, externally marked theory exams
- Externally set, internally marked, externally moderated synoptic assignment.
Where optional units are included, these are assessed either by independent assignments or theory exams.
Qualification grades are determined based on a sum of the learners’ achievement across the mandatory assessments, and taking into account the assessments’ weighting:
- Theory exam: equates to 40%
- Synoptic assignment: equates to 60%
- The overall qualification grade is calculated based on aggregation of each of the assessments for the mandatory units
- The overall qualification grade is calculated via an awarding process which is taken from the synoptic assessment and exam
To gain the qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of a pass in all assessments, including optional units. Optional unit grades do not contribute towards the overall qualification grade.
Reformed qualifications are only allowed one resit opportunity. The resit must be a new task or assignment, different to the original assessment.
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.
There are five sizes of City & Guilds Technical qualifications:
- Advanced Technical Certificate (360 GLH)
- Advanced Technical Diploma (450 GLH)
- Advanced Technical Diploma (540 GLH)
- Advanced Extended Diploma (720 GLH)
- Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080 GLH)
For information on the size of a particular qualification please visit: http://www.cityandguilds.com/techbac/technical-qualifications
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360)
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (450)
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540)
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
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 Levels will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.
City & Guilds Advanced Technical Certificate, Diploma and Diploma (360, 450 and 540 GLH) are designed for progression into advanced/higher apprenticeship, employment or higher education along with other qualifications such as A-Levels.
There is one opportunity within each academic year to sit the synoptic assignment
- Result: July
There are two opportunities to sit the theory exam in the same academic year (April and June)
- Results: May and July (respectively)
Qualification grade awarded: July
UCAS applicants have their results sent directly to UCAS according to UCAS requirements and timelines.
These qualifications are already available. Please refer to the City & Guilds product pages for current final registration and certification dates.
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.
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.