To ensure our qualifications meet the needs of schools and are a robust technical alternative to GCSEs, our Key Stage 4 V Cert Technical Awards and our qualifications for Key Stage 5 qualifications have been submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) and have undergone a rigorous approval process.
The DfE has confirmed that we have now entered the period of moratorium and no further qualifications will be added to performance tables as they focus their efforts towards the launch of the new T-Levels. This process will be in place for a minimum of 2 years.
2020, 2021 and 2022 Performance tables
We’re pleased to be able to confirm that qualifications approved in the 2020 performance tables will be ‘rolled over’ and approved for inclusion into the 2021 and 2022 performance tables. No new qualifications can be added to the list of approved qualifications, however, the DfE still retain the right to remove any that fail to meet the strict technical guidelines. Our summary guide provides you with a downloadable resource for you to easily check the list of approved NCFE qualifications
Art and Design
Level 1/2 Technical Award in Art and Design
Level 3 Applied General in Art and Design
Business and Enterprise
Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise
Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise*
Level 3 Applied General in Business and Enterprise
*This qualification is approved for the 2020 performance tables, but will not be rolled over into the 2021 and 2022 tables as it is replaced by the Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise which is approved for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The 16-18 accountability measures technical guidance states that the current annex J shows ‘Level 3 qualifications for the TechBacc in 2018’. As the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life - 603/3437/X won’t be eligible for the TechBacc until 2020, the technical guidance will not be updated by DfE until the next update in June 2020.
Child Development and Early Years
Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care
Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education
Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education
Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
Level 1 Technical Award in Graphic Design
Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design
Health and Fitness
Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness
Health and Social Care
Level 2 Technical award in Health and Social Care
Level 3 Applied General Award in Health and Social Care
Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Health and Social Care
Level 1 Technical Award in Interactive Media
Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media
Level 1 Technical Award in Music Technology
Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology
Level 3 Applied General in Music Technology
Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performance Skills
If you have any questions you can get in touch via our contact form.
Information for centres with learners completing Tech Levels or Applied Generals on 2018 list of approved qualifications
On 19 January 2018, the DfE released the following update to the guidance which relates to learners completing Key Stage 5 in summer 2018:
'Ministers have decided that students who are due to complete key stage 5 in summer 2018 and are taking Tech Levels or Applied General qualifications on the 2018 list should be given an additional opportunity to retake their external assessment(s). It has become apparent that some providers may not have fully understood the more challenging nature of the reformed qualifications when students were enrolled, and the additional retake opportunity is designed to mitigate the impact of this.'
If your learners need this additional third attempt during the 18/19 session, please contact [email protected] as this will need to be input manually into our system.
Only learners who are due to complete Key Stage 5 in summer 2018 will be eligible for the additional (third) attempt, if necessary.
For clarification, the NCFE and CACHE qualifications affected are:
- NCFE Level 3 Applied General in Music Technology (601/6779/8)
- NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (601/8436/X)
- NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (601/8437/1)
- NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) (601/8438/3)
- NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care (601/8434/6)
- NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (601/8435/8)
On our dedicated website QualHub, you’ll find:
- details on all qualifications including learning resources
- approval forms to get started or offer additional qualifications
- delivery support – from assessment windows to sample portfolios
- much more.