This sections contains a number of documents and forms useful to students
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regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the
national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework
(QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and
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alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as
evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the
future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition
of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To
this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked against
level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level
of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
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Study Guide (new version for 2014)
To download a copy of the current student study guide which details how to study, how to submit assignments and how to contact your tutor and the student helpline please click here
Our full student charter can be found in your study pack and through the link below.
The course registration form is contained in the study guide that comes with your course notes. it should be completed and sent to us after you have begun your course. If you require another copy of this form please click here
To download an assignment cover sheet please click here
Course are supplied with an initial 12 month period of support. In most circumstances this can be extended to provide an additional 12 month study period for which a £50 re-registration fee is payable. To download and application form please click here
Once complete please post the form to the address provided on receipt we will write to confirm the new end-date for your course.
Alternatively you can re-register here on the website at the Student Administration tab on the left hand side of this page.
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answering student queries, marking assignments and claiming certificates we
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Use of examples in
answering assignment tasks and questions
of your course assignment tasks and questions are intended to enable you to
demonstrate your knowledge, understanding (and where appropriate, skill) in
relation to the topic in the question. This means that your tutor will be
looking for you to show that you have a good grasp of the topic concerned.
include in your answer relevant details of the topic as described in your
course text; and that will most often involve you in putting information you
have read into your own words. This
provides the knowledge element of
you answer but you should also look to demonstrate understanding of the topic by giving one or more examples of how
the knowledge would work in practice. This does not mean necessarily that you
have to have a relevant work placement for each answer, but that you can think
about how knowledge works in practice. Consequently your tutor will expect to
see examples to illustrate your answers wherever possible.
For example if a task
asks you to “Explain the importance of safeguarding
children and young people”, you can describe the reasons why safeguarding is
important, from what you have read in the course notes, and this displays your
knowledge. To demonstrate your understanding
though, you should give an example such as what the consequences may be of
young children being allowed internet and TV access without parental
controls. This shows that you can apply
your knowledge to practical situations.
bear in mind that there is usually no word count for any answer; the key point
to remember is that you should write sufficient to demonstrate your knowledge
A number of students contact us each week asking how to find extra information on a topic within their course outside the manual.
Textbooks are sometimes no longer available or out of date when they go into print. We suggest you use a good search engine such as Google.co.uk to research your tuition query.
For example a number of Teaching Assistant students need to find extra information on the National Curriculum. We suggest you go to www.google.co.uk and just type in National Curriculum UK and the website will come up with a large number of links.
If you are specific in your query you will find a nice selection of possible answers to choose from.
NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Introduction
Click the following link to access the introductory notes explaining the assessment process for this course. More Information
An example assignment cover sheet, partially completed can be seen here
Level 3 Early Learning & Child Care
Students are reminded that this course covers all age ranges of children and young people from birth to aged 19. When answering assignment tasks, student will be expected to comment not only on the age group of their work experience but also of different age groups where expectations may be very different. A note describing the types of differences between age groups and how to acknowledge this in assignment answers can be found here.
Ofqual Plagiarism and Referencing Guide
When using external sources of information to answers assignment tasks, students need to take care to reference their work and avoid plagiarism. You can read the advice contained with OFQUAL's booklet here: More Information
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
All qualifications in England, Wales & Northern Ireland are moving to a credit based system of recognition. Students can read about what this means in a guide produced by NCFE, a leading UK awarding body.
Unless a work placement is specifically mandated all of our courses can be completed without workplace experience.
If an assignment task asks what 'would you do in this situation ....' you can use your current or previous experience to answer or create a hypothetical situation for your answer. What is important is that you show your tutor that you understand how to deal with the situation not that you can demonstrate you have done it before.
To help here are some case studies designed for specific courses: