UAL Level 3 Applied General qualifications 2016 and 2017

UAL Diploma in Art & Design

UAL Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies

UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design

UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

UAL Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

Country
  • England
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables in the Applied General category.

Applied General qualifications are designed to develop transferable knowledge and skills for 16 – 19 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning.

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers.

UAL Level 3 Diplomas and Extended Diplomas are qualifications which have been designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to higher levels of study and employment in the creative sectors:  art and design, creative and media production, and the performing and production arts.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in 2011, the UK Government announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Applied General qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables will not be recognised in 2016 and beyond.

The new characteristics define purpose, size and recognition.

Qualifications to be included in the performance tables from 2018 will have to meet further requirements in respect of content, assessment, and grading.

Qualifications can be included in the 2017 performance tables according to the 2016 (interim) or 2018 (full) requirements.

The additional 2018 requirements are not reflected in this suite of qualifications.

UCAS will prepare a separate QIP for qualifications to be included in the 2018 performance measures.

These qualifications were created for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1] and have been updated to meet the requirements of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2].

[1] 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 It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.

[2] The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.

Awarding organisation
  • UAL
Qualification codes
500/5316/4 (Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies)
600/2827/0 (Diploma in Art and Design)
600/2826/9 (Extended Diploma in Art and Design)
601/3987/0 (Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology)
601/3987/0 (Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology)
601/1780/1 (Diploma in Performing and Production Arts)
601/1790/4 (Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts)
Structure

UAL Level 3 (RQF) qualifications are unit-based qualifications in a range of subjects.

There are two sizes of qualifications:

  • Diploma
  • Extended Diploma

The Diploma is the first year of the Extended Diploma.

The structure and number of units that make up a qualification varies according to the requirements of the sector. However most qualifications are made up of all mandatory units with the final summative unit of the Extended Diploma being offered at Level 3 or Level 4.

All qualifications have been assigned a Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT is the total amount of time that it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the outcomes of the qualifications to an acceptable standard. TQT comprises Guided Learning Hours (supervised time) and independent study time.

Subject areas

UAL Level 3 Applied General qualifications are available in five subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Creative media
  • Performing arts
  • Music
  • Fashion

Learners are able to specialise in a particular pathway within each of these subjects as appropriate.

Levels
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

Grading

Individual units are graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

The Diploma and Extended Diploma are graded overall: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Assessment

Providers wishing to deliver UAL qualifications require approval from the awarding organisation.

All units are internally assessed. Learners are set assignments/projects. These may be in the form of briefs, scenarios, problem solving exercises and/or research investigations. Where possible they are contextualised using realistic, work-related scenarios and may be provided by local employers.

All assessments are criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within a qualification has specified assessment criteria.

Assessment and grading are subject to internal and external moderation.

UAL qualifications do not currently include external assessment.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners who achieve all of the assessment criteria achieve the qualification at Pass grade.

Learners are awarded a Merit or Distinction qualification grade by achieving all of the assessment criteria listed in the unit, in addition to the grade criteria listed against the Merit and Distinction bands.

Resit arrangements

Learners will only be allowed one opportunity to redeem a referral in each internally assessed unit before being awarded a Fail.

Guided / notional learning hours notes
  GLH range (hours) TQT range (hours)
Diploma 600 – 630 1,040 – 1,085
Extended Diploma 1,140 – 1,170 2,030 – 2,075
Foundation 680 1,200

 

UCAS Tariff points

UAL Diploma in Art & Design

Grade Points
D 84
M 60
P 36

UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Grade Points
D 168
M 120
P 72

UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Grade Points
D 84
M 60
P 36

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Grade Points
D 168
M 120
P 72

UAL Diploma In Performing and Production Arts

Grade Points
D 84
M 60
P 36

UAL Extended Diploma In Performing and Production Arts

Grade Points
D 168
M 120
P 72

Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media)

Grade Points
D 112
M 96
P 80
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are recognised by at least three higher education providers as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either by themselves or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

Progression information is captured at the point of results submission and is published annually in the UAL's chief examiner reports (by qualification) http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/awarding-body/resources/external-modera…

Timing of assessments and results

All qualifications are assessed and moderated annually; assessments take place between May and July.

Results are released shortly after the moderation visit has taken place, and therefore are available between May and July.

Qualification dates notes

The Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies will be a legacy qualification from 2016.

All other qualifications will be legacy from 2017.

Reporting of results and certification information

Certification results are submitted quarterly to both the Department for Education (submission of regulated qualifications achieved) and the regulator Ofqual (collection of certificates awarded in vocational qualifications).

Ofqual’s data is published quarterly and available via: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/hub/index.html

Progression information

UAL qualifications are designed to support progression to higher education, either by themselves or together with other Level 3 qualifications.

They develop transferable knowledge and skills, rather than specialist knowledge and skills and so may not lead directly into employment.

Some highly selective universities and colleges ask for Tariff points that require a Distinction grade.

However most progression opportunities in the sectors served by UAL qualifications are on the basis of a portfolio.

Further information

Information on the full range of subject titles and the content and assessment of the Level 3 qualification can be accessed at: http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/awarding-body/qualifications/