NCFE Level 3 Performance Skills suite

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NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Performance Skills

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance Skills

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

These qualifications are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

They are designed to enable progression into further training and education or employment in the performance industry.

They aim to:

  • develop learners’ understanding of a variety of approaches to performance
  • provide learners with a chance to give and receive feedback on aspects of their own and others’ performance skills
  • develop learners’ understanding of the performance industry

The objectives are to help learners to:

  • develop their specialist knowledge and skills in a chosen area of performance
  • pursue further training or employment in the performance industry.

Learners will develop generic, transferable skills, such as planning, health and safety, giving and receiving feedback.

In addition, the requirement to complete optional units means that learners are able to develop more specialist knowledge and skills in a chosen area of performance. 

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

Education context

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

Study programmes normally include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications, non-qualification activity including work experience, and the study of English and mathematics where students do not hold a GCSE graded A* – C in these subjects.

They are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.

Awarding organisation
  • NCFE
Qualification codes
601/5481/0 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Performance Skills)
601/5815/3 (NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance Skills)
Structure

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Performance Skills learners must successfully complete all three units from Group A and a minimum of four units from Group B.

To achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance Skills learners must successfully complete all three units from Group A and a minimum of seven units from Group B.

Subject areas

Group A units

  • Rehearse and perform (T/506/9447)
  • Prepare for an audition (A/506/9448)
  • The healthy and safe performer (F/506/9449)

Group B units

  • Employment opportunities for performers (F/506/9452)
  • Develop teaching skills in performance (D/506/9457)
  • Develop solo performance skills (T/506/9450)
  • Develop ensemble performance skills (A/506/9451)
  • Performance in a chosen specialism (J/506/9453)
  • Performing in musical theatre (L/506/9454)
  • Plan and promote a performance (R/506/9455)
  • Specialist research project (Y/506/9456)
Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications 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 is awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit.

Assessment

Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Learners are set assignments. These may be in the form of briefs, 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 assessment is by the internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Resit arrangements

To achieve the NCFE Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performance Skills, 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 in Performance Skills is 305 – 312 GLH, 340 Total qualification time.

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance Skills is 432 – 444  GLH, 490 Total qualification time.

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Performance Skills

Grade Points
D* 42
D 36
M 24
P 12

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance Skills

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Learners may combine the Level 3 Diploma or the Extended Diploma in Performance Skills with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.

Learners holding these qualifications 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

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

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

Further information