LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies

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This QIP covers a vocational qualification which is not listed on the Department for Education (DfE) 16 – 19 performance tables for England.

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables because it is not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.

Countries
  • England
  • International
Purpose

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable learners to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual learners.


The LRN Level 3 Diploma In Pre-U Foundation Studies is designed to help learners develop their understanding and knowledge in a specific area of study. The areas are split into pathways which are set at higher education level. The qualification is recognised by Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai.

The LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies provides learners with an alternative route into higher education if they do not have traditional qualifications, or are unable to meet the normal entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

Education context

This qualification is designed for post-16 learners and falls under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of learners will undertake these qualifications post-19.

Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.

This qualification has not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old learners). However the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:

  • relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
  • rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
  • recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.


he LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies  is delivered in Further Education, Higher Education, and by training providers. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis. This is a multi-sector qualification based on the A level standard. This is a stand-alone qualification with access routes to higher education.

Awarding organisation
  • Learning Resource Network
Qualification code
603/0046/2 (LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies)
Structure

The LRN Level 3 Diploma In Pre U Foundation Studies is a 120 credit qualification. Candidates must complete the three mandatory units plus three optional units.

Unit title

Level

Credit

GLH

Mandatory units

Foundation Mathematics

3

20

200

Foundation Computing

3

20

200

Study Skills

3

20

200

 

Unit title

Level

Credit

GLH

Optional Units (candidates must complete three units)

Foundation Biology

3

20

200

Foundation Chemistry

3

20

200

Foundation Physics

3

20

200

Further Mathematics

3

20

200

Foundation Business and Management

3

20

200

Foundation Economics

3

20

200

Foundation Accounting

3

20

200

Foundation Psychology

3

20

200

Foundation Sociology

3

20

200

Foundation Law

3

20

200

Foundation Hospitality

3

20

200

Foundation Government and Politics

3

20

200

Subject areas
  • Accounting and financial studies
  • Business management and law
  • Computer science
  • Comparative government and politics
  • Engineering
  • Information technology
  • Psychology
  • Business management
  • Business administration
  • Business studies
  • Biology
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality
  • Economics
  • Further mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Levels
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications which are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.

Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.

Grading

The overall qualification is graded as either Distinction, Merit, Pass, or Fail.

Assessment

Mandatory units:

These are assessed through assignments which are externally set, internally marked, and moderated by LRN. LRN provides centres with mark schemes, assessment guides, and other notes to ensure a consistent approach is applied to their marking. Internally marked assignments are also randomly moderated, in line with the risk profile set by LRN,for the centre.

Optional units:

These are assessed through assignments which are externally set and marked by LRN.

LRN carries out standardisation to ensure the assessment carried out by LRN examiners, and that of its centres, is done consistently and in line with its mark scheme.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Candidates must achieve a Pass grade in each unit to be awarded the qualification.

Each assignment contributes an equal percentage to the overall grade of the qualification.

Resit arrangements

Candidates whose assignments do not meet all the assessment criteria are allowed to take a single resubmission of that unit.

Guided/notional learning hours
1200 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

Guided learning hours (GLH)

1,200 hours

 

Self-study (SS)

300 hours

Total assessment time (TAT)

Formative assessment

25 hours

75 hours

Summative assessment

50 hours

 

Total qualification time

1,575 hours (GLH + SS + TAT)

 

UCAS Tariff points

LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre U Foundation Studies

Grade Points
D 144
M 96
P 48
Key issues for UK HE admissions

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 Performance Tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature learners who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from UK and overseas applicants holding the LRN Level 3 Diploma In Pre-U in Foundation Studies.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessment

Assessments are available on demand all year round. However, the centre must provide 30 days notice to LRN.

Candidate results

LRN issues its results between four to six weeks upon receiving the candidate assessment from the test centre). Results are made available to LRN centres throughout the year. As indicated above, information is provided to centres within four to six weeks of LRN having received the assignments for marking. This will be available to the centres via LRN Portal.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2016
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of this qualification are not available through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This does not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

View the results available through ABL.

There are no registrations or certifications to date on this qualification. The reporting of certification is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

Progression information

The LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies has been designed to reflect the wide variation in learners' origins, levels of education, and career aims. Progression opportunities may, therefore, take a variety of paths. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, it may be appropriate for the learner to progress to:

  • a Level 4 qualification in their chosen subject area
  • a higher level qualification – e.g. Certificate or Higher Education Diploma
  • an alternative Level 3 qualification
  • vocational qualifications
  • employment at a supervisory management level