- Northern Ireland
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 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 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.
Tech Levels have to be recognised by a trade or professional body, or at least five employers.
IMI focuses on qualifications in the motor vehicle industry, including land-based technologies.
These Level 3 qualifications were introduced in September 2016 to convert existing QCF qualifications to the RQF format, and where there was a market demand from stakeholders for new qualifications.
They were also introduced after IMI research findings and compliance with Sector Qualification Strategies.
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. These additional requirements are reflected in this suite of qualifications.
Between 2016 and 2018, awarding bodies have been permitted to phase in the reforms.
These qualifications meet the full requirements for reformed qualifications.
The qualifications consist of mandatory units and optional units.
The number and proportion of mandatory units differs between subjects.
Some of the mandatory units may be specialised.
The rules of combination for the qualifications specify the minimum credit to be achieved through mandatory and optional units.
- Land-based technology
Auto electrical and mobile electrical operations
Heavy vehicle maintenance
Land-based engineering technology
Light vehicle maintenance
Motorsport vehicle maintenance
Vehicle accident repair – body
Vehicle accident repair – paint
Vehicle accident repair – multi-skilled
The qualifications are at Level 3 and are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
A levels are also Level 3 qualifications which regulated to the RQF.
Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.
Assessment is by a combination of:
- online externally set and externally marked examination
- core unit (synoptic assessment) which assesses both skills and knowledge obtained from mandatory units
Assessment of units may be devised by centre set assignments.
Assessment of all units can take place at a time to suit learners and centres.
Tutors and assessors can draw on real work-based opportunities for learners to generate evidence.
All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by an external quality assurer.
- Practical – 100% achievement required
- Core synoptic – minimum of 60% achievement required from each assessment.
- Online – minimum of 60% achievement required from each assessment.
Each mandatory assessment forms part of a group assessment, and the contributions to overall grading are detailed below:
For Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair and Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance qualifications:
- Group A = 20% of the overall grade
- Group B = 50% of the overall grade
- Group C = 30% of the overall grade
For Extended Diploma Vehicle Maintenance qualifications:
- Group A = 15% of the overall grade
- Group B = 40% of the overall grade
- Group C = 30% of the overall grade
- Group E = 15% of the overall grade
For Extended Diploma in Land-Based Engineering Technology qualifications:
- Group A = 50% of the overall grade
- Group B = 50% of the overall grade
The units are internally assessed, learners may resit elements of assessment to improve their level of achievement. Each assessment has one resit opportunity only each academic year.
In the case of the internally assessed/externally marked assessments, learners can only have one resit opportunity.
In each subject area, different titles of qualifications are offered as follows:
- Extended Diploma
Sizes are not consistent within the titles but operate within a range as follows:
- Diploma – 430-599 GLH
- Extended Diploma – 557- 924 GLH
(for comparison one A level is 360 GLH, three A levels are 1,080 GLH).
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Auto-Electrical and Mobile Electrical Operations (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair - Body (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair - Multi-Skilled (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair - Paint (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Engineering Technology (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Motorsport Maintenance (VRQ)
Tech Levels are designed to support progression to employment, a higher/degree apprenticeship, or to higher education.
Progression to higher education is generally within the vocational area of the Tech Level, and often to a foundation degree.
The exact curriculum studied depends on the choice of optional units taken.
These qualifications were introduced in 2016 to convert the existing QCF qualifications to meet RQF requirements, and to meet the more rigorous content and assessment demands of the 2018 performance tables.
The first cohort of applicants will present these qualifications for admission to higher education in 2018.
On demand. Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning.
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.
Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.
Tech Levels cover jobs where employers employ people with a specific Level 3 qualification or where a Level 3 qualification is needed before students can progress to a related higher education course.
These qualifications offer progression to higher education, a higher/degree apprenticeship, or employment.
Progression to HE will probably be in the vocational area of the qualifications 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.
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 someone who works in industry..
In some cases, a Tech Level qualification is a licence to practise, or can exempt someone holding the qualification from a professional exam.