WJEC 2017 Applied General qualifications (unreformed)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF)
Countries
  • England
  • Wales
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 as fulfilling entry requirements to a range of HE courses, either in their own right or alongside other Level 3 qualifications.

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF) has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to progress to further study and training. The Certificate is designed to complement study in related subjects such as A level sociology, law and psychology, and provide an insight into the subject area with a view to further study or training in related subjects. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the criminal justice system.

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF) has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding, and skills to progress to further study and training. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the food production industry.

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 Applied General 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, assessment, and grading.

UCAS has prepared 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.

Awarding organisation
  • WJEC
Qualification codes
600/3083/5 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology [QCF])
600/4386/6 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition [QCF])
Structure

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF) is a unitised qualification normally taken over two years. Learners who complete the first year of study only may be awarded Level 3 Award in Criminology or the Level 3 Certificate in Criminology, if they have achieved the required units.

The WJEC Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is a unitised qualification normally taken over two years. Learners must complete one mandatory unit plus another three optional units. Learners who complete the first year of study only may be awarded a Level 3 Certificate if they have completed and passed Unit 1 and another internal assessment.

Subject areas

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

Mandatory unit:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theories

* Optional units (learner must select three):

  • Realities and Perceptions of Crime
  • Social Control: Policy and Practice
  • Changing Awareness of Crime
  • Crime Scene to Courtroom

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF)

Mandatory unit:

  • Planning to meet nutritional needs

* Optional units (learner must select three):

  • Developing practical food production skills
  • Ensuring food is safe to eat
  • Experimenting to solve food production problems
  • Current issues in consumer food choice
Levels

Level 3 qualifications 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.

Grading

Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

Assessment

Each unit is assessed using controlled assessment which follows the JCQ Principles for Controlled Assessment:

www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/controlled-assessments.

There are three stages of assessment that are controlled:

  • task setting
  • task taking
  • task marking

Task Setting

WJEC have produced model assignments for each unit. Centres are, however, allowed to modify the assignment within specified parameters.

Task Taking

There are five areas of task taking that are controlled: time, resources, supervision, collaboration, and resubmission.

TASK Marking

All marking of evidence is made against the assessment criteria and performance band statements given in each unit specification.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Each unit is equally weighted, and each assessment contributes equally (25%) to the overall grade.

Resit arrangements

Learners can resubmit for entry at any moderation point. Learners must complete a new assessment, completed within the same levels of control. They cannot improve previously submitted work.

Learners can retake the whole qualification as many times as they wish within the shelf life of the qualification.

Guided / notional learning hours
The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF): 360 hours
The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF): 360 hours
UCAS Tariff points

WJEC Level 3 Diploma In Criminology (QCF)

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF)

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Applied General qualifications are rigorous advanced (Level 3) qualifications, mainly taken by 16-19 year old students who want to develop transferable knowledge and skills.

They are designed to support progression to a range of higher education courses.

Applied General qualifications differ in size, and some will meet the entry requirements for higher education in their own right; some will be offered in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications, for instance A levels.

The exact curriculum studied may depend on the choice of optional units taken.

All Applied General qualifications have the endorsement of at least three higher education providers.

Applicants holding unreformed Applied General qualifications may not have had experience of external or synoptic assessment.

These qualifications will be replaced by:

  • WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (601/6248/X)
  • WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (601/4552/3)

Available to learners from September 2015, for first assessment in 2017.

Timing of assessments and results

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

Internal assessments can be submitted in June each year. Results are issued in August each year.

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF)

Assessments can be submitted in January and June each year. Results are issued in August each year.

Qualification date
01 Sep 2012—31 Aug 2017 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF))
01 Sep 2012—31 Aug 2017 (WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF))
Certification information

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.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Results for these qualifications are reported through ABL. Information on candidate numbers and grade distribution are made available on the WJEC website after the results are issued in August each year.

Progression information

These qualifications offer progression to a range of higher education courses.

Larger qualifications, like extended diplomas, will allow learners to progress directly to higher education.

Some qualifications will need to be offered in conjunction with other qualifications like A levels.

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF) has been designed to complement other Level 3 qualifications, for example, GCE A levels in sociology and law, and to support progression to higher level study.

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF) has been designed to complement other Level 3 qualifications, for example, GCE A levels in physical education and science, and to support progression to higher level study.

Further information

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Criminology (QCF): www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/criminology/criminology-level-3-qcf/index.html.

Further information on the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QCF): www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/food-science-and-nutrition/food-science-and-nutrition-level-3-qcf.html.