NCFE Level 3 Higher Level Studies suite

Qualification codes
601/7789/5 (NCFE Level 3 Award in Higher Level Studies)
601/7788/3 (NCFE Level 3 Extended Award in Higher Level Studies)

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students 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 students.

These qualifications have been developed in partnership with employers, universities and other subject experts to ensure that the content is current and relevant.

They are designed for students who are considering studying at a higher level and would like to develop their higher level study skills and enable students to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for further development.

The qualifications are particularly relevant for those aged 16–18 who wish to make the most of their programmes of study by including key higher level study skills.


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Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.