Like the old NVQs, QCF qualifications focus is on the workplace skills and allow learners to demonstrate that they have the skill, ability and knowledge to do their job to industry standards. Units of the QCF are completed through portfolio work and practical assessment in the workplace. There are also units that cover knowledge and these can be covered by assignments set and marked by the assessor.
Learners build a portfolio of evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the QCF standards. Assessors sign off units when achieved by checking the learners knowledge, understanding and work-based performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence.
An Apprenticeship will usually take anything from 12 to 24 months but there is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. One of our Advisors will agree with you an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and the length of time agreed will depend on your own experience in the job and your employer’s requirements.
If you’re unsure about exactly what type of qualification you should take one of our trained Advisors will help you to decide. They will give you advice and guidance to help you to access the right course for you and together you will agree an Individual Learning Plan.
Apprenticeships are a great way to achieve your career goals and enable you to start earning at a young age. In some sectors young Apprentices will progress quickly into well-paid jobs. Many of the most highly qualified people you will meet in your life will tell you that some of their best and most lasting learning was gained at work and in real life practice. Just to give you a sense of how popular they are, there were over half a million apprenticeship starts in England last year.
Through an Apprenticeship, you can earn, learn, gain a qualification and find out if your chosen occupation is really for you and easily change the direction of you need to. There are so many Apprenticeships to choose from covering 170 industries and 1500 different job roles.
Apprenticeships are not a single qualification, they are a package of several required qualifications. An Apprenticeship consists of a QCF Certificate or Diploma (previously NVQ), a Technical Certificate (as required) & Functional Skills. For further information go to our Apprenticeship pages or click here to check out the website dedicated to Apprenticeships.
The awarding bodies were originally known as examination boards. They approve assessment centres and provide external verifiers who ensure that all learners are fairly and consistently assessed. Awarding Bodies provide the certificates for units achieved and for full qualifications.
Functional Skills have replaced Key Skills in Apprenticeships. They include Mathematics, English and Information Technology. As part of an Apprenticeship, Functional Skills can be achieved at different levels of difficulty from Level 1 to Level 3. Functional Skills can also be completed outside an apprenticeship for people that wish to improve their skills.
Bullying is a very serious matter. It can take the form of being shouted at, being called names. Some people are not even aware they are bullying you but may think of it as a joke.
If they do not stop when you ask them to, or if you don’t feel able to point it out to them, please discuss it with your line manager or Assessor who will guide you in the appropriate action to take.
There is always someone who can give you advice or signpost you to someone more qualified to deal with it so please speak to your line manager or Assessor for further help.
If you do not think that either would be appropriate, you can always phone or text the Acacia Training lead for safeguarding, Heather Gibbs at the following number 07834 481538.
Equality is the current term for ‘Equal Opportunities’. It is based on the legal obligation to comply with anti-discrimination legislation. Equality protects people from being discriminated against on the grounds of group membership i.e. sex, race disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or age.
Diversity implies a wide range of conditions and characteristics. it is about valuing the best of people’s talents whatever their backgrounds. Diversity encompasses visible and non-visible individual differences. It can be seen in terms of gender, ethnic minorities, disabled people etc., Diversity is about respecting individual differences, and people’s differences can be many and varied:
Race, Culture, National origin, Region, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Marital Status, Politics, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, Socio-economic differences, Family structure, Health, Values, and more. Embracing equality and diversity brings to an organisation a wide range of experience, ideas and creativity whilst giving the individual employee a feeling of being empowered to work to their full potential.
QCF stands for Qualifications Credit Framework. It’s the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
By becoming more responsive to the demands of learners and employers, these new qualifications are more relevant to employers’ needs and more accessible to a wider range of learners than the NVQs that they have replaced.
QCF qualifications are designed with the help of employers so learners can be assured that they’re gaining skills that meet employers’ needs.
Safeguarding is defined as physical, mental, emotional, sexual, verbal abuse and neglect.
ATD is committed to protect its learners from all aspects of abuse and takes all incidents extremely seriously. If you feel you have had experience of a safeguarding issue during your stay with ATD, please make sure you report it to your line manager or Assessor. All incidents will be treated with the utmost confidence.
Usually this means that the assessor comes to you in your place of work and helps you to put together your portfolio of evidence to prove your competence in your job. Your assessor will observe you in your own working environment and at a time that suits you and your employer.
The qualifications in the QCF are divided into three categories; awards, certificates and diplomas. Every unit in the QCF will have a credit value and one credit equals 10 hours, this shows the learner how much time is needed to complete a particular course. Each unit will also have a level ranging between the entry level and level 8. The levels represent how difficult the course is:
Awards (1 to 12 credits)
Certificates (13 to 36 credits)
Diplomas (37 credits or more)
The qualification type (Award, Certificate, Diploma) represents the size of a qualification, not level of difficulty. Each QCF qualification title contains the following:
the level of the qualification (Level 1 to 8)
the size of qualification, (award, certificate or diploma)
the content of the qualification (the subject).
A Technical Certificate is a knowledge based qualification that is specific to the job that you are doing and aimed at the level at which you are currently working. With the introduction of the new QCF Certificates and Diplomas, many Apprenticeship frameworks have removed the need for a technical certificate, as the knowledge aspects are now fully covered in the QCF qualification.
Cyberbullying is behaviour that takes place through technology via mobile phone or through the internet. It can include unwanted messages via email, text and instant message services and also images posted on web pages which are intended to hurt, embarrass or intimidate another person. Like any other form of bullying, the impact of cyberbullying can be devastating to the victim, who may not even know who is targeting them. Anyone suffering from cyberbullying can seek advice from many websites – see the ATD learner handbook for further information.