The Department for Education (DfE) describe Applied General qualifications as follows:
Applied General qualifications are rigorous advanced (level 3) qualifications that allow 16 to 19 year old students to develop transferable knowledge and skills. They are for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. Applied general qualifications allow entry to a range of higher education courses, either by meeting the entry requirements in their own right or being accepted alongside and adding value to other qualifications at level 3 such as A levels. Higher education institutions, such as universities, have pledged support for all approved applied general qualifications listed.
The units are pass only. All units must be passed to achieve a pass in this qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Retail Knowledge (QCF)
Assessment in this qualification is partly through externally set, on-screen multiple choice tests and partly through internally assessed assignments and tasks. Units 26-33 are externally assessed. Units 10-25 and 34-43 are internally assessed.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Development (QCF)
All units in this qualification are internally assessed through assignments and tasks.
Internally-assessed units are quality assured through external verification.
Applied General qualifications are advanced (Level 3) qualifications, mainly taken by 16-19 year old students who want to develop transferable knowledge and skills.
Applicants holding interim-reformed Applied General qualifications may not have had experience of external or synoptic assessment.
The popularity of Applied Generals has risen over recent years. The entry rate for the combined BTEC only and A level and BTEC groups was 6.0 per cent in 2016, up from 5.8 per cent in 2015.
There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing Applied General qualifications that do not meet the full DfE criteria from 2018:
- The fully-reformed and interim-reformed qualifications will be delivered by schools and colleges at the same time (see ‘Education context’). Therefore, HEPs may wish to consider their approach to setting and listing entry requirements for the specific qualifications.
- The dual running of the qualification may result in applicants declaring the incorrect version within their application. UCAS will be working to support applicants and advisers in this area.
- These qualifications are fundamentally different to the fully-reformed versions and likely to result in students developing different skills and aptitudes. HEPs should review their understanding of these qualifications to ensure it remains up to date. HEPs may also wish to consider their approach to setting and listing entry requirements for the specific qualifications, and any differences should be clearly articulated.
Visit the Pearson website for more information about the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Retail Knowledge (QCF)
Visit the Pearson website for more information about the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Development (QCF)