NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

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Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance measures table.

It aims to develop learners’ understanding of the skills and qualities needed to work in a uniformed service role.

It will enable learners to prepare to make a recruitment application, or to progress to the entry qualifications required for employment in a uniformed service of their choice.

Learners will develop generic, transferable skills, such as leadership skills, conflict management and personal protection.

In addition, the requirement to complete optional units means that learners are able to develop more specialist knowledge such as the use of telecommunication in the uniformed services and planning for emergency situations in the uniformed services.

For those who wish to study at a higher level, the qualification will enable them to develop higher level learning skills such as independent working, research, self-reflection and collaborative learning.

This qualification has been developed in partnership with employers, universities and other subject experts to ensure that the content is current and relevant.

Education context

This qualification is designed for use within 16 – 19 study programmes, which are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans.

Awarding organisation
  • NCFE
Qualification code
601/2455/6 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services)
Structure

Learners must successfully complete all five units in Group A and three units from Group B

Subject areas

Group A units

  • Prepare for employment to a chosen uniformed service (K/505/8980)
  • Develop aspects of physical fitness for entry to the uniformed services (L/505/8986)
  • Develop leadership skills (J/505/8985)
  • Understand conflict management and personal protection (A/505/8983)
  • Participate in uniformed service routine (T/505/8982)

 Group B units

  • Carry out map reading and navigation across open country (F/505/8984)
  • Understand how the government, international organisations and media impact on the work of the uniformed services (D/505/8989)
  • Participate in a sports coaching session (M/505/8981)
  • Assist in planning and leading adventurous activities (R/505/8990)
  • Explore the use of telecommunication in the uniformed services (M/505/9130)
  • Understand planning for emergency situations in the uniformed services (R/505/8987)
Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2]

Level 3 is equivalent to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6


[1] 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.

[2] The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.

 

Grading

The qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The unit grades and external assessment grades are aggregated to form the final overall qualification grade.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit.

Assessment

Assessment is by an internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Learners are set assignments. These may be in the form of briefs, scenarios, problem solving exercises and research investigations. They are contextualised using realistic scenarios. The assessment may require students to write a report, write a business proposal, deliver a presentation, or make conclusions based on extensive research into a practical investigation.

All assessment is criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes.

Each unit within a qualification has specified assessment guidance.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

100 per cent of the overall assessment is by the internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Resit arrangements

To achieve the NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.

Learners who aren’t successful can resubmit work within the registration period.

Guided/notional learning hours notes

NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services: 380 – 410 GLH.

460 hours Total qualification time (TQT).

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Grade Points
D* 48
D 36
M 28
P 16
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Learners may combine the Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.

Learners holding this qualification may have limited experience of external assessment.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit their portfolio of evidence at any point.

Results are provided on a rolling basis.

Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current.

Reporting and certification information

Certification of these qualifications is reported on the basis of the number of certificates achieved over a 12-month period.

Progression information

Learners will develop the understanding, skills and qualities needed to work in a uniformed services role.

Level 3 criteria require learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher level skills. These are skills that support progression to higher education.

Progression to higher education will generally be in conjunction with other qualifications.

Further information

Further information can be found in the qualification specification below: NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/2455/6)