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The new qualification. ITQ Assessment Strategy. Background to the new ITQ framework. National Occupational Standards for IT users updated 2009. The Sector Skills Agreement for IT (SSA) published All new accredited qualifications must comply to the new SSA. Principles behind SSA.

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The new qualification

The new qualification

ITQ Assessment Strategy


Background to the new itq framework
Background to the new ITQ framework

  • National Occupational Standards for IT users updated 2009.

  • The Sector Skills Agreement for IT (SSA) published

  • All new accredited qualifications must comply to the new SSA

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Principles behind ssa
Principles behind SSA

  • UK to be a world leader in its exploitation of IT for innovation, service and business competiveness

  • All individuals in the UK will have – and will continue to develop – the IT user skills necessary to participate in the e-economy

  • IT user skills will enhance individuals’ employability, social lives and ability to benefit from online services

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Ssa target for it
SSA target for IT

  • A simplified, flexible framework for recognising achievement in IT skills, throughout both the education system and industry

  • The ITQ framework will be used to organise and position learning qualifications within the coherent environment

  • All qualifications to use approved QCF units

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Qualifications and credit framework
Qualifications and Credit Framework

  • The QCF is the new way of recognising skills and qualifications supported by the ITQ Framework

  • The QCF does this by awarding credit for units and qualifications

  • It enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace and along flexible routes

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Qcf regulatory aims
QCF regulatory aims

A qualification system that is:

  • Inclusive

  • Responsive

  • Accessible

  • Non-bureaucratic

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Qcf structure
QCF structure

  • Unit-based qualifications located

  • Achievements recognised through award of credits

  • Level and size of achievements easily identified

  • Mechanisms to allow accumulation and transfer of credits between qualifications and Awarding Bodies

  • Learners given maximum flexibility and range of opportunities to progress and receive recognition for their achievements

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Qcf benefits for learners
QCF benefits for learners

  • Offers more freedom, choice and flexibility

  • Gives easy access to information about the commitment needed for different routes of achievement

  • Allows building up of credits at their own pace

  • Enables transfer of credits between qualifications

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Benefits for schools colleges
Benefits for schools & colleges

  • Enables them to design more flexible programmes

  • Helps improve retention and progression rates

  • Ability to track all learner’s achievements through a unique learner number

  • Helps them report learner achievement to stakeholders in an easy to understand way

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


Credit frameworks
Credit frameworks

  • NOS underpin the new QCF units

  • Embedded Functional Skills in 14-19 curricula via new units - IT User Fundamentals

    IT Communication Fundamentals

    IT Software Fundamentals

  • Full Level 2 qualification design principles

New qualification briefing June 2010 www.Londonlearning.com


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