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V Certs

V Certs are vocational equivalents to GCSEs and count towards the Open Group of your Progress 8 measures. Designed in collaboration with employers and practitioners, they empower your pupils with industry-relevant skills and knowledge appropriate to a range of growing sectors, giving them a taste of what it’s like to complete real-world tasks and projects.  

Our V Certs are designed to fit seamlessly into your KS4 curriculum. We assess pupils using project-based non-exam assessments, as well as external examinations, to give them the opportunity to achieve based on their skills as well as their knowledge.  

New for September 2022

We now have 11 new V Cert qualifications approved for 2024 KS4 performance tables, which are ready for first teach in September 2022. The new and improved V Certs include some of our old favourites, as well as three exciting new subject areas:  

Why choose V Certs? 

1. At NCFE, we specialise in Vocational Education and so we really care about giving you all of the support and resources you need to make V Certs a success in your school. 

2. Our V Certs are designed with just two assessments – both of which take place in the certificating year – to ensure you have as much teaching time as possible before summative assessments begin. 

3. Our V Certs are structured in a very similar way to GCSEs, and were designed this way so that they fit easily within the rest of your curriculum. 

What’s changed?

Download our handy document to see what’s changed from the current V Cert model. 

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Support

We’re here to support you every step of the way and provide a range of tools to help you get off to a flying start:  

1. Free classroom packs containing ready-to-go teaching and learning materials 

2. “Prep to Teach” events led by our Provider Development team 

3. Regular subject-specific teacher continuing professional development (CPD) sessions 

4. Dedicated support from your External Quality Assurer (EQA) all year round. 

V Cert Discovery Events

Between January and March 2022, we will be running a series of V Cert Discovery Events to showcase our brand-new V Cert qualifications. For each V Cert subject, we’ll walk you through the new spec, explore the structure of the qualifications and assessments, and highlight the support available to help you get off to a flying start!

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Discover Health and Fitness

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Health and Fitness (603/7007/5). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Tuesday 25 January 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Health and Fitness


Discover Sports Studies

Brand new for 2022, we’re thrilled to invite you to the debut of our brand-new Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Sports Studies (603/7010/5)! We will provide a helpful overview of this exciting new V Cert, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, the potential progression opportunities, and the quality assurance process. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Wednesday 26 January 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Sports Studies


Discover Business and Enterprise

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Business and Enterprise (603/7004/X). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Tuesday 1 February 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Business and Enterprise


Discover Engineering

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Engineering (603/7006/3). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Wednesday 2 February 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Engineering


Discover Food and Cookery

Brand new for 2022, we’re thrilled to invite you to the debut of our brand-new Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Food and Cookery (603/7014/2)! We will provide a helpful overview of this exciting new V Cert, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, the potential progression opportunities, and the quality assurance process. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Thursday 3 February 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Food and Cookery


Discover Creative Design and Production

Brand new for 2022, we’re thrilled to invite you to the debut of our brand-new Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Creative Design and Production (603/7003/8)! We will provide a helpful overview of this exciting new V Cert, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, the potential progression opportunities, and the quality assurance process. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Tuesday 1 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Creative Design and Production


Discover Child Development and Early Years

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Child Development and Early Years (603/7012/9). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Wednesday 2 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Child Development and Early Years


Discover Health and Social Care

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Health and Social Care (603/7013/0). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Thursday 3 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Health and Social Care


Discover Music Technology

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Music Technology (603/7008/7). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Tuesday 8 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Music Technology


Discover Graphic Design

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Graphic Design (603/7011/7). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Wednesday 9 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Graphic Design


Discover Interactive Media

This webinar is designed for those looking to deliver the new and refreshed Level 1/2 V Cert Technical Award in Interactive Media (603/7005/1). The plan is to provide you with a helpful overview of the new V Cert qualification, taking a detailed look at the qualification structure, delivery, and assessments. We will take a deep dive into what learners will study, looking at content areas and teaching guidance, how the qualification is assessed including assessment objectives and weightings, grading information, and the potential progression opportunities. Finally, we will showcase some of the learning resources, teaching materials and support that is available to you and your centre, and lastly, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any burning questions.

Date

Time

Registration link

Thursday 10 March 2022

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Interactive Media

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