- Northern Ireland
These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16-19 performance tables in the Tech Level category.
These qualifications do not meet the full requirements for reformed Tech Levels, which qualifications will have to meet for inclusion in the 2018 performance tables.
Tech Level qualifications are primarily developed for learners aged 16-19 studying on either a full or part-time basis.
Tech Levels are aimed at learners with a keen interest in in a particular industry, occupation, or occupational type.
Along with developing transferable skills required to work in a number of job roles, these qualifications are designed to equip learners with the high level specialist technical knowledge and skills to enable them to work in a specific industry.
They can help provide entry into employment in a particular sector, onto an apprenticeship, or into higher education in a related vocational area.
They have to be recognised by a trade or professional body, or at least five employers.
Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in England in 2011, the Department for Education announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Tech Level qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016 onwards.
As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables are now not recognised.
The intention was to make reformed qualifications more rigorous and robust. As a result, they have to meet specific requirements in respect of purpose, size, recognition, content, assessment, and grading.
Between 2016 and 2018, awarding bodies have been permitted to phase in the reforms.
These qualifications do not meet the full requirements for reformed qualifications in respect of content, grading, and assessment.
- Pearson (Edexcel)
All qualifications are unitised.
All have a combination of mandatory and optional units. The balance of the two varies between qualifications.
Employers have contributed to the development of the qualifications, and most qualifications have been mapped to National Occupational Standards.
These qualifications cover principles and so have more emphasis on knowledge.
- Food and beverage service
The specific qualifications in this group are:
600/9739/5 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Body) (QCF)
600/9741/3 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Mechanical/Electrical) (QCF)
600/9742/5 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Mechanical) (QCF)
501/0193/6 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF)
600/2244/9 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision (QCF)
- Level 3
These are all Level 3 qualifications originally regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.
The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.
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.
The units are Pass only.
All units must be passed to achieve a Pass on the qualification.
All units are internally assessed through assignments and tasks.
Assessments are quality assured through external verification.
Learners must pass all the mandatory units, and the required number of optional units, to achieve a Pass on the qualification.
Students may resubmit assignments to meet the assessment criteria.
Tech Levels require a minimum size of 300 GLH to provide learners with sufficient time for meaningful skills development that will equip them to follow a particular trade or profession, for comparison, the size of one A level is 360 GLH.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Body) (QCF)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Mechanical/Electrical) (QCF)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Bus and Coach Engineering and Maintenance (Mechanical) (QCF)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision (QCF)
Tech Levels are designed to support progression to employment, an apprenticeship, or to higher education.
Progression to higher education is generally within the vocational area of the Tech Level and may be to a foundation degree.
The exact curriculum studied may depend on the choice of optional units taken.
Applicants holding Tech Level qualifications may not have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.
Assessments are taken when ready. Certification is given when the course is completed. This will normally be in the summer.
All are current, except for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles, for which the last awards were made in September 2016.
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.
The results of these qualifications are reported through ABL.
These qualifications offer progression to higher education, an apprenticeship, or employment.
Progression to HE will probably be in the vocational area of the qualification, and may be to a foundation degree.
Additional qualifications may be needed for progression to higher education.
Tech Level qualifications are supported by at least five employers from the job sector the qualification is related to.