VTCT Tech levels 2016 and 2017

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16 –19 performance tables in the Tech level category.

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 a particular industry, occupation or occupational type.

Along with developing transferable skills required to work within 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 within a particular sector, onto an apprenticeship or into higher education in a related vocational area.

VTCT focuses on qualifications in the hair and beauty, and hospitality and catering sectors.

Tech levels are recognised by trade and professional bodies or at least five employers.

Education context

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 in order to feature in performance tables for 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 for Tech levels included in 2016 performance tables define purpose, size and recognition.

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

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

Awarding organisation
  • VTCT
Qualification codes
600/4803/7 (Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery)
600/4804/9 (Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder))
500/8737/X (Diploma in African-Caribbean Hairdressing)
600/8709/2 (Diploma in Barbering Studies)
600/8665/8 (Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies)
600/8662/2 (Diploma Beauty Therapy Studies (make-up))
600/4846/3 (Diploma in Complementary Therapy)
600/8761/4 (Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up studies)
600/4806/2 (Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision)
600/8708/0 (Diploma in Hairdressing Studies)
600/8908/8 (Diploma in Nail Technology Studies)
600/8635/X (Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Leisure Services)
600/4805/0 (Diploma in Professional Patisserie and confectionery)
600/8663/4 (Diploma in Spa Therapy Studies)
Structure

The qualifications consist of mandatory units and optional units.

The number and proportion of mandatory units differs between subjects.

Some of the mandatory units may be specialised.

The rules of combination for the qualifications specify the minimum credit to be achieved through mandatory and optional units.

Subject areas
  • Advanced Professional Cookery
  • Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder)
  • African-Caribbean Hairdressing
  • Barbering Studies
  • Beauty Therapy Studies
  • Beauty Therapy Studies (make-up)
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up Studies
  • Food and Beverage Service Supervision
  • Hairdressing Studies
  • Nail Technology Studies
  • Preventing Injuries in Sport and Leisure Services
  • Professional Patisserie and Confectionery
  • Spa Therapy Studies
Levels
  • Level 3

Tech Levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2]

Level 3 is equivalent to Sottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 6.


[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.

 

Grading

Pass, Fail

Assessment

Assessment arrangements differ between subjects.

Much of the assessment is internal; some qualifications require no external assessment.

Internal assessment generally comprises a combination of multiple choice questions, oral questioning and practical observation.

Some qualifications require a compulsory external examination; the subjects with an externally assessed examination component are:

  • Fashion, Theatre and Media, Hair and Make-Up Studies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Beauty Therapy Studies
  • Beauty Therapy Studies (make-up)
  • Hairdressing Studies
  • Nail Technology Studies
  • Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Spa Therapy Studies
Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

All assessment components as detailed in the Rules of Combination must be passed to achieve the overall qualifications.

Resit arrangements

Where the qualification has examinations, learners are allowed a maximum of three attempts at each paper. A minimum of three papers is provided for each examination.

Guided / notional learning hours
Tech Levels require a minimum size of 300 glh to provide sufficient time for meaningful skills development that will equip a student to follow a particular trade or profession.: 300 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

Many Tech level qualifications exceed the minimum size.

For comparison the size of one A level is 360 glh.

The sizes of VTCT Tech level qualifications are as follows:

  • Diploma in Nail Technology Studies: 336 glh
  • Diploma in Spa Therapy Studies: 329 – 374 glh
  • Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up Studies: 333 – 393 glh
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies  (Make-up): 350 – 388 glh
  • Diploma in Hairdressing Studies: 350 – 400 glh
  • Diploma in Barbering Studies: 363 – 401 glh
  • Diploma in Professional Patisserie and confectionery: 384 glh
  • Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Leisure Services: 408 – 436 glh
  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies: 424 – 437 glh
  • Diploma in Afro-Caribbean Hairdressing: 457 glh
  • Diploma in Complementary Therapies: 520 – 550 glh
  • Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder): 555 glh
  • Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision: 555 glh
  • Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery: 785 glh
UCAS Tariff points

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in African Caribbean Hairdressing

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (785 glh)

Grade Points
P 64

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder)

Grade Points
P 48

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (384 glh)

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (Make-Up)

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage)

Grade Points
P 24

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (520-550 glh)

Grade Points
P 48

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies

Grade Points
P 32

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure

Grade Points
P 32
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Tech levels are designed to support progression to employment, an apprenticeship or to higher education.

Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance tables are interim qualifications available for only a small window of time between 2014 and 2017.

The majority of people holding these qualifications will have completed their Level 3 qualifications in 2016 or 2017.

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 depends on the choice of optional units taken.

Applicants with Tech levels for the 2016 and 2017 performance tables may have limited experience of external or examination assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

Internal assessments may be completed at any time.

External examinations are available on demand.

Qualification dates notes

From September 2017 these are legacy qualifications.

Certification information

Available by contacting customersupport@vtct.org.uk

Progression information

These qualifications can lead to employment or an apprenticeship in the relevant sector.

They can also lead to further or higher education, generally in conjunction with other qualifications.

Higher education progression is likely to be in the vocational area of the qualification and may be to a foundation degree.

Further information

Further information is available at the VTCT website at http://qualifications.vtct.org.uk/finder/qualfinder