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.
These qualifications are not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.
These qualifications are designed to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the principles of the uniformed services sector, and to allow them to explore the various avenues of work within it. They also allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to the workplace or further study.
- focus on the study of the uniformed services in the public services sector
- offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
- provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical work-related skills.
The objectives of these qualifications are to:
- allow learners to progress to employment or further study, and towards the entry qualifications and requirements of a specific uniformed service
- provide informed and prepared potential recruits
These qualifications aim to provide learners with:
- an understanding of the uniformed public services sector
- the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the uniformed services
- the ability to prepare for a recruitment interview
- an understanding of the personal commitment and fitness requirements needed to be employed in a uniformed service role
- an understanding of the external organisations that impact on and influence the work of the uniformed services
- an understanding of how uniformed services respond in emergency situations
- the opportunity to understand and develop the skills and qualities needed to work in a range of uniformed services, e.g. leadership skills, coaching skills, conflict management, personal protection, teamwork, communication, navigation, and drill.
- These qualifications are listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications and are part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
- They are designed for use in 16 to 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, together with 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.
- Introductory Certificate: one mandatory unit + two optional units
- Certificate: four mandatory units + two optional units
- Diploma (540): four mandatory units + five optional units
- Diploma (720): four mandatory units + eight optional units
- Extended Diploma: four mandatory units + 14 optional units
- Uniformed services
- NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8790/6)
- NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8791/8)
- NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (540) (601/8792/X)
- NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (720) (601/8793/1)
- NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8794/3)
- Level 3
- EQF Level 4
These are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the RQF.
Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.
All units are graded.
Each unit of the qualification is graded using a structure of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, and Distinction.
The final grade for the qualification is based on a structure of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction, and Distinction*.
The final grade is calculated by combining the UMS scores for each unit. The total UMS will then be converted into a grade based on fixed thresholds.
Please refer to the qualification specification for further information on grading.
Grades in descending order
- Distinction *
- Not Yet Achieved
- 100% of the qualification is internally assessed
- The internal assessment is internally assessed and externally quality assured via a portfolio of evidence
The internal assessment contributes 100% of the overall qualification grade.
Learners are permitted two attempts at each of the units.
Total qualification time (TQT):
- Introductory Certificate: 220 TQT
- Certificate: 490 TQT
- Diploma (540): 710 TQT
- Diploma (720): 950 TQT
- Extended Diploma: 1,430 TQT
NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services
NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services
NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (540)
NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (720)
NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services
- This suite of qualifications has been developed in partnership with employers, universities and other subject experts to ensure 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. This means that evidence provided for the portfolio also demonstrates the development and use of higher level learning skills.
- Learners may combine the Level 3 Certificates/Diplomas for Entry to the Uniformed Services in with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.
- Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit their portfolio of evidence at any point.
- Grades are provided on a rolling basis.
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.
Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.
Certification of these qualifications is reported on the basis of the number of certificates achieved over a 12-month period. Data is provided to Ofqual.
Learners who achieve these qualifications could progress to:
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes
- Level 3 Diploma in Operational Delivery (Advanced)
- Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing
- public service foundation degree
- higher apprenticeships
- BA in Public Services
They may also be useful to learners studying for qualifications in the following sectors/areas:
- public services
- local or national government
Learners can progress from a Certificate to a Diploma, but centres must carefully consider which qualification they want to register the learner onto.
Please refer to the relevant qualification specification on the NCFE website for further information about these qualifications: