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By Nigel Lloyd Marta Jacyniuk -Lloyd Nadeem A. Khan. Vocational Qualification Standards: UK. Regulatory Bodies: NOS (Standards of Competence). institutional complexity National Occupational Standards (NOS): all UK Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA 2002) 25 Sector Skills Councils

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by nigel lloyd marta jacyniuk lloyd nadeem a khan

Nigel Lloyd

Marta Jacyniuk-Lloyd

Nadeem A. Khan

Vocational Qualification Standards: UK
regulatory bodies nos standards of competence
Regulatory Bodies: NOS (Standards of Competence)
  • institutional complexity
  • National Occupational Standards (NOS): all UK
  • Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA 2002)
  • 25 Sector Skills Councils
  • Several other standards-setting bodies

NB: it does not matter how competence was acquired, NVQs are independent of courses.

regulatory bodies qualifications
Regulatory Bodies: Qualifications

England QCA(Qualifications & Curriculum Authority 1997)

Scotland SQA(Scottish Qualifications Authority 1997)

Wales: ACCAC(Awdurdod Cymwysterau, Cwricwlwm Ac Asesu CymruQualifications, Curriculum & Assessment Authority for Wales1997)

Northern Ireland: CCEA(Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment1997)

135 licensed Awarding Bodies (only SQA in Scotland)

Approved Assessment Centres

England: ALI(Adult Learning Inspectorate 2001) inspects government-funded training providers

Unregulated training providers

nvq awarding bodies
NVQ Awarding Bodies
  • In UK, there are over 135 NVQ awarding bodies which are recognized by UK NARIC
  • Awarding bodies are responsible for assuring the quality of NVQs offered in their name.
  • Examples:
  • Transportation Vocational Group
  • Sea Fish Industry Authority
  • Petroleum Industry National Training Organisation
  • Institute of Customer Service
  • Gas & Water Industry National Training Organisation
national vocational qualifications nvqs svqs


Learning outcomes:

“The learner will…

1.2.3. etc

Additional information about the unit

Unit aim(s)

Unit expiry date

relationship to relevant NOS

Assessment requirements specified by a sector or regulatory body

Location of the unit within the subject/sector classification system

Availability for use

Credit value

Assessment criteria:

“The learner can… etc

relationship to other standards or curricula

Endorsement of the unit by the sector or other appropriate body

Name of the organisation submitting the unit

Availability for delivery

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs, SVQs)
approved training providers
Approved Training Providers
  • Awarding bodies help training providers to apply for approval to train candidates
  • Criteria:
  • 1. Strong track record in managing existing NVQ criteria
  • 2. Compliance with qualification specifications requirements
  • 3. Competence and occupational qualifications of assessors
  • 4. Opportunities for training for candidates
approved assessment centre criteria management systems
Documented quality procedures

Progress reports and staff updates

Documented policy procedures

Organizational Chart

Lines of accountability

CVs of assessors, internal verifiers and assessment teams

Internal plans & reports

Staff Handbooks & organizational charts

Minutes of meeting & reports from awarding body

Approved Assessment Centre Criteria: Management Systems
approved assessment centre criteria resources
Approved Assessment Centre Criteria: Resources

Record of resources/finances availability

Record of equipment & accommodation

Maintenance Schedules

Health & Safety Policies

Assessor/ Candidate ratios

Staff induction & guidance materials

Records of meetings/ briefings

Lists of qualified assessors


Approved Assessment Centre: Delivery & Assessment

  • Candidate guidance & support materials
  • Details of support services available
  • Candidate assessment plans, procedures, review procedures, appeal procedures
  • Lists of resources available for special needs
  • Candidate tracking systems
  • Sampled assessments
  • Details of countersigning arrangements for assessment decisions made by unqualified assessors
  • Records of units registered/claimed/awarded
approved assessment centre records
Approved Assessment Centre: Records
  • Candidate registration details.
  • Candidate assessment records.
  • Evidence files/portfolios.
  • Security and access arrangements.
  • Achievement records in relation to the access and fair assessment policy.
  • Statistical information on achievement and certification rates analysed by factors such as ethnic origin, disability and gender.
  • Records of candidate entry/registration details
  • and certificate claims.
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Learning & Skills teacher/tutor/trainer
  • ‘Passport’ award for all new entrants into the profession
  • full QTLS status (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills) = fully qualified school or university teacher
  • Domain A Professional Values & Practice
  • Domain B Specialist Area & its Pedagogy
  • Domain C Planning for Learning
  • Domain D Learning and Teaching
  • Domain E Assessment for Learning
  • Domain F Supporting Access & Progression

9/07 all new teachers /tutors/trainers in the Learning & Skills sector in England to start on the ‘Passport’, beginning a learning pathway towards QTLS.

Thank You

Questions Please?