This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables because it is not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.
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.
The purpose of the OCNLR Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning is to help students engage and contribute to their community, take the initiative in bringing about positive change, and develop transferable skills in the process, especially relating to communication and leadership. Such skills may aid their continued study, for example in higher education, and/or help with employment related skills, whether in a related vocation or more generally.
The qualification was developed in collaboration with, and supported by, Friends of the Earth.
This qualification is designed for post-16 students and falls under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of students will undertake these qualifications post-19.
Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.
This qualification has not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old students), however the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:
- relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
- rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
- recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.
Regulation of vocational qualifications
The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.
- OCN London
The OCNLR Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning comprises four mandatory units which total 11 credits.
- Level 3
Level 3 qualifications are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.
Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.
The qualification and the units are not graded. They are achieved or not achieved.
The assessment method for this qualification is by portfolio of evidence.
The assessment process for the OCNLR Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning is as follows:
- The students are assessed through activities that are internally set by tutor assessors
- The activities must be designed to enable students to meet the assessment criteria of the unit
- The portfolios of assessed evidence are externally moderated by an OCN London External Moderator
Assessment activities are indicated on each unit. All the assessment criteria in a unit must be met before the unit is deemed achieved.
There is no additional external assessment for this qualification.
All units must be achieved.
The qualification is achieved on successful completion of all units.
Portfolios may be resubmitted. There is no limit to the number of times a portfolio can be submitted. Resubmissions must be made within reasonable time limits set by the delivering organisation, and authenticity must not be compromised.
The qualification consists of 11 credits of ten notional hours per credit.
OCNLR Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning
There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:
- Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
- Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
- These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
- If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.
This qualification provides students with the opportunity to engage in campaigning to bring about positive change in their community, and develop transferable skills for life and work, including leadership, building working relationships, planning, and evaluation. As such, students will be well placed to undertake further or higher study or employment (paid or voluntary) in related or unrelated areas.
First awards of the qualification will be in June 2017.
This is a small qualification and if presented for HE admissions this would have to be in conjunction with other qualifications.
Assessments are continuous and based on the work conducted in course and portfolio moderation. Certification is on completion of the qualification, which can be at any time of the year.
This is a current qualification.
The results are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This dos not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.
Certification information is submitted to Ofqual only and is not made public.
The OCNLR Award in Community Campaigning provides students with the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills for life and work, including communication, leadership, building working relationships, negotiation, planning, evaluation, and self-reflection. As a result, students are well placed to pursue further or higher programmes of study or employment (paid or voluntary) in related or unrelated areas.
Students will benefit by gaining an insight into how they might engage ethically and responsibly with bringing about positive change in their local community, while developing useful transferable skills.
They will acquire skills and knowledge:
- building alliances
- effective negotiation
- planning and delivering a campaign
- evaluating own actions
Further details of OCN London qualifications can be found at: www.ocnlondon.org.uk/qualifications.aspx