NCFE Level 3 Uniformed Services (qualifications not on 16-19 performance tables)

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
Purpose

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.

Qualification purpose

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.

These qualifications:

  • 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.

Qualification objectives

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.
Education context
  • 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.
Awarding organisation
  • NCFE
Qualification codes
601/8790/6 (NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services)
601/8791/8 (NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services)
601/8792/X (NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (540))
601/8793/1 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (720))
601/8794/3 (NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services)
Structure
  • 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
Subject areas
  • 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)
Levels
  • 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.

Grading

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 *
  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
  • Not Yet Achieved
Assessment
  • 100% of the qualification is internally assessed
  • The internal assessment is internally assessed and externally quality assured via a portfolio of evidence
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The internal assessment contributes 100% of the overall qualification grade.

Resit arrangements

Learners are permitted two attempts at each of the units.

Guided / notional learning hours
NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8790/6): 180 hours
NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8791/8): 360 hours
NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (540) (601/8792/X): 540 hours
NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (720) (601/8793/1): 720 hours
NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (601/8794/3): 1080 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Total qualification time (TQT):

  • Introductory Certificate: 220 TQT
  • Certificate: 490 TQT
  • Diploma (540): 710 TQT
  • Diploma (720): 950 TQT
  • Extended Diploma: 1,430 TQT
UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Introductory Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Grade Points
D* 28
D 24
M 16
P 8

NCFE Level 3 Certificate for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (540)

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services (720)

Grade Points
D* 112
D 96
M 64
P 32

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services

Grade Points
D* 168
D 144
M 96
P 48
Key issues for UK HE admissions
  • 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.
Timing of assessments and results
  • 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.
Qualification date
Starting from 01 Nov 2016
Qualification dates notes

Current qualification.

Certification information

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.

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.

Progression information

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:

  • management
  • public services
  • local or national government
  • justice
  • security

Learners can progress from a Certificate to a Diploma, but centres must carefully consider which qualification they want to register the learner onto.

Further information

Please refer to the relevant qualification specification on the NCFE website for further information about these qualifications:

www.ncfe.org.uk/