- Northern Ireland
These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for 2016 and 2017 in the Tech level category.
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 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.
Tech levels are 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 originally introduced in September 2010 to convert existing NQF qualifications to the QCF 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 in order to feature in performance tables in 2016.
As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.
The new characteristics for Tech levels included in 2016 performance tables define purpose, size and recognition.
Qualifications to be included in the performance tables in 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.
Qualifications can be included in the 2017 performance tables according to the interim (2016) or full (2018) requirements.
The additional 2018 requirements are not reflected in this suite of 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.
Auto electrical and mobile electrical principles
Heavy vehicle maintenance and repair principles
Light vehicle maintenance and repair principles
Motorcycle maintenance and repair principles
Motorsport vehicle maintenance and repair
Vehicle accident repair body principles
- Level 3
UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)
Level 3 is equivalent to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6
 The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.
 The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.
Pass or Fail
Assessment is by a combination of:
- Multiple choice examination
- Practical demonstration and assignment
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
Written/Assignment – minimum of 60% achievement required from each assessment.
Online – minimum of 60% achievement required from each assessment.
The units are internally assessed; learners may resit elements of assessment to improve their level of achievement.
In the case of the internally assessed and externally marked assessments, learners can resit on demand as many times as required.
Within each subject area, different titles of qualifications are offered as follows:
- Subsidiary Diploma
- Extended Diploma
Sizes are not consistent within the titles but operate within a range as follows:
- Subsidiary Diploma (Land-based Technology only): 360 glh
- Diploma: 548 – 720 glh
- Extended Diploma: 794 – 1,080 glh
(for comparison one A level is 360 glh, three A levels are 1,080 glh).
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-based Technology
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Land-based Technology (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Landbased Technology (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma In Motorsport Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Extended Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
Tech levels are designed to support progression to employment, a higher or degree apprenticeship, or to higher education.
IMI Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance tables are interim qualifications available for only a small window of time between 2014 and 2017.
The majority of people holding these qualifications will have completed their Level 3 qualifications in 2016 and 2017.
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 depends on the choice of optional units taken.
Applicants with Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance tables may have limited experience of external or examination assessment.
On demand. Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning.
From September 2017 these are legacy qualifications.
Is made available by IMI through its website after results are issued.
Tech levels cover jobs where employers employ people with a specific Level 3 qualification.
In some cases a Tech level qualification is a licence to practise, or can exempt someone holding the qualification from a professional exam.
The qualifications can form part of apprenticeship frameworks.