LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies

Countries
  • England
  • International
Purpose

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 don't have traditional qualifications, or are unable to meet the normal entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

This qualification is delivered in FE, HE, and 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

The qualification is regulated by Ofqual and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as A levels and comparable to SCQF Level 6.

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

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 and results

Assessment

Examinations 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.

Certification information

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

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.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

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