Our ref: DE/Learner Bulletin 6
Date: 06/05/2020
Contact: Personal Tutor

Dear Learner,

Accreditation and Certification of Vocational Learners for 2019/2020

Qualifications Wales have been working with the UK Governments and awarding bodies to decide the most appropriate way forward when it comes to certificating learners this summer.

The complexity of the vocational qualification landscape means a single approach is not appropriate and therefore the Government decision on how these qualifications should be awarded is taking more time.

How your qualification will be awarded will depend on the type of qualification you are completing. Awarding bodies (e.g Pearson, City and Guilds etc) have been asked to categorise vocational qualifications into:

Category 1 qualifications are normally used for progression to the next level of study, (e.g BTECs, City and Guilds Technical, UAL Art etc).

If you are studying one of these qualifications then you will not need to complete any more assessments and you will be awarded a predicted grade in the same way as A level learners.

In order to ensure we meet Government and Qualifications Wales requirements that predicted grades submitted will be fair, reasonable and carefully considered, we will run a series of FE exam boards to review, moderate and agree your predicted grades. It is our priority that you receive a grade that you deserve and your tutors will be asked to consider a range of factors when making these decisions. The decisions will be based on your overall performance prior to the closure of schools and colleges and not just mock assessments or target grades.

Qualifications Wales have confirmed that learners will receive the outcomes of these qualifications at the same time as originally scheduled in August 2020.

Category 2 qualifications include Licence to Practise and competency based qualifications (e.g NVQ’s etc). If you are studying one of these qualifications, you will need to complete specific elements of your course. You will either receive an alternative assessment or where this is not possible, completion of your qualification will be postponed until your assessments can take place.

Category 3 qualifications are classed as dual purpose and are a combination of Category 1 and 2 (i.e. used for progression or demonstrate competency). If you are completing one of these qualifications, you will be awarded based on either predictions, alternative assessments or your qualification will be postponed until you are able to complete your final assessments.

We are waiting for final confirmation of the categories and the assessment methods and will update you as soon as this is available. We expect this to be no later than mid May 2020.

GCSE, Welsh Baccalaureate and Essential Skills

If you are completing a GCSE or the Welsh Baccalaureate alongside your main course, these will also be determined using predicted grades. The process for deciding your grades will be the same as for category 1 qualifications outlined above.

You are not required to complete any additional work for these qualifications if you were expected to complete them before July 31st 2020.

Teaching Arrangements and Continued Support

In many instances, you will not be required to complete any further formal assignments but your tutors will continue to teach the specification of your course and will support you through your studies to ensure you are prepared for your next steps.

If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact your Personal Tutor.

Yours sincerely,

Dafydd Evans
Chief Executive Officer

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
Llandudno Road
Conwy LL28 4HZ
Phone: 01492 546666

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