Weekly Webinar

Performance Table Qualifications under the VCRF

We held a webinar with the latest updates on Performance Table Qualifications under the new VCRF on Tuesday 30th March as part of our Weekly Webinar series. You can access a recording of this webinar in the secure area of our website here (Centre login required)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we will add any frequently asked questions that we receive relating to this webinar.

General Questions

Do exam entries need to be made for the Technical qualifications for the Paper 1 and Paper 2 exams?

Centres will be required to schedule learners to submit a TAG for some assessment components. VTCT will release further details on the process centres will be required to follow nearer the TAG submission deadline.

Is the deadline date for VCRF TAGs 21st May?

Yes, the deadline for TAGs will be the 21st May. However, there is one exception for the synoptic practical assessments required in the Technical Certificates and Technical Level Qualifications. We will cover timelines again in the webinars w/c19th April.

When TAGs have been submitted will we have to claim for the certificates or can these be automatically certificated by VTCT?

The certification process will remain unchanged for the qualifications. VTCT will try to manage burden to centres wherever possible by streamlining processes. However, we will need to collect in some TAGs prior to certification claiming to allow time for the lengthy external quality assurance process we are required to conduct.

Has the May coursework deadline been cancelled?

All summer assessment series have been cancelled for both the external examinations and the moderation of internal assignments. Centres will be required to submit TAGs for the assessment components within the Technical Award.

How do you identify January resitting learners, since the May window is cancelled?

We define a resitting learner as a learner who was going to use the summer assessment series to retake an assessment. Either because they had failed the assessment within a previous assessment series or to try and improve their grade.

How do I register for future webinars?

Who works out the overall TAG, the centre or VTCT?

VTCT will be collecting assessment component level TAGs in Summer 2021. Centres can calculate the learner’s overall qualification grade based on the TAGs using the guidance within the qualification specification.

What is the process for VRQs?

What about optional units as they are not graded?

We will discuss optional units for the Technical Certificates and Technical Level qualifications within the specific webinar being held on Wednesday 21st April.

Please can you confirm the result date this academic year?

Applied Generals results day will be 7th July/8th July

All other PTQs will be 14th/15th July

Our learners are completing a 2 year course in 1 year. Do we need to give TAGs for all the assessments?

If your learners are certificating this summer you will be required to submit TAGs for any outstanding assessments components required to achieve the qualification.

Is it compulsory to complete TAGs for non-certificating learners?

It is not compulsory, however, we would invite centres to reflect on the sources of evidence they have to underpin TAG judgements for non-certificating learners. In addition, centres should consider the potential burden learners will face if they have to complete all assessments in their final year.

We are a new centre. Will there be guidance documents available?

Yes, guidance documents to support centres will be released w/c 19th April. We will also be holding a webinar specifically for each type of PTQ, please register for the relevant webinar for the qualifications you are delivering.

Will we receive a synoptic brief? If so, when?

Centres will submit TAGs for the synoptic practical assessment within the Technical Certificates and Technical Level Qualifications. The webinar on the 21st April will cover the sources of information centres can use to underpin their judgement for the TAG.

Where can I find the Infograms you mentioned?

The infograms have been published on our Covid Latest Updates page under the PTQ section.

How much evidence is required for TAGs

The sources of information and minimum thresholds of evidence to underpin TAGs will be discussed in further detail in the bespoke webinars being held w/c 19th April.

Will there be any observed visits for graded end of unit exams?

Due to the pandemic, it is likely that remote EQA activity will continue this summer rather than physical visits. Your EQA will be in touch shortly to make arrangements with your centre.

Are TAGs only for written exams and synoptic and not the unit graded practicals?

Yes, this is correct for the Technical Certificates and the Technical Level Qualifications. Learners will be required to undertake unit graded practical assessments.

Can learners use other students or external clients for the end of unit assessments?

We will discuss client requirements for the Technical Certificates and Technical Level qualifications within the specific webinar being held on Wednesday 21st April. However, we implemented an adaptation to client requirements under the E-ERF which removed the need to treat unknown clients within unit graded practical assessments.

Will we need to grade/rank our learners?

VTCT will not be asking centres to submit rank orders for the TAG process this summer.

Is there a professional discussion for Synoptic assessment?

As discussed in the overview of the approach, centres will be required to submit a TAG for the synoptic practical assessment for the Technical Certificates and Technical Level Qualifications. This will be discussed in more detail in the webinar being held on 21st April.

For range of Milia extraction if this cannot be practically assessed can written evidence be submitted for this?

Learners will no longer be required to undertake the formative assessments for the Technical Certificates and Technical Level Qualifications. This will be discussed in more detail in the webinar being held on 21st April.