Our ref: DE/Learner Bulletin 6
Contact: Personal Tutor
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
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
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
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
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
Conwy LL28 4HZ
Phone: 01492 546666