Weekly Webinar

The Technical Award under the VCRF

We held a webinar with the latest updates on The Technical Award(AM20530) under the VCRF on Tuesday 20th April 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

How long will the stage one meeting be?

The stage one EQA visit meeting is scheduled for one hour.

Are we now able to schedule students for the different units on the system?

Centres are able to schedule their learners on the system for the PTQ TAG window.

Can you confirm that you will not require a separate centre policy from JCQ version for VTCT?

VTCT can confirm we will not be requesting a separate centre policy. The JCQ policy will cover the areas VTCT will be discussing in the stage one EQA meetings.

What advice do you have for a centre that only has one teacher involved in the teaching and assessment of an award?

All TAG grades are required to be signed off by two teachers. The second teacher may be a head of department, if necessary. Please refer the the guidance for teachers document for more information on the internal quality assurance requirements for TAGs.

If we are not submitting a schedule for the exam, are we still submitting schedules for coursework units?

Centres will be required to create a schedule to submit a TAG for the internal assignments units. Centres are not required to create a schedule to upload coursework as the summer assessment series have been cancelled.

If an assignment is not complete, how much do VTCT consider as sufficient for a TAG?

Centres should use the steps outlined in the guidance to evaluate the quality of the sources of evidence. It is a professional judgement by the teacher of the quality of the sources of evidence in demonstrating the learner’s level of attainment and if there is sufficient coverage of the assessment component the TAG is for.

If a student was given an estimated grade for an exam last year however I believe that they can achieve a higher grade this year – can I get evidence from past papers to change the grade for that unit?

The learner would be classed as a resitting learner. Centres can submit a TAG for resitting learner in summer 2021 which can be based on sources of evidence such as the exemplar papers.

Will we need to create schedules?

Centres will need to create schedules to submit TAGs. More information on the process for submitting TAGs will be covered in the webinar on the 7 May 2021.

Where will we be able to find the documents?

When can we start entering schedules?

Centres are now able to create schedules to submit TAGs. The name of the window is Covid-19 Summer 2021. More information on the process for submitting TAGs will be covered in the webinar on the 7 May 2021.

What if the students have completed 2 unit assignments in year one in school, can I just mark this as normal?

VTCT are accepting TAGs for non-certificating learners in summer 2021. Centres should follow the same process for generating TAGs as outlined in the Guidance for Teachers document.

Does the 2nd IQA need to be a subject specialist?

The second teacher should be familiar with the content and topics within the qualification and the assessment components the TAGs are for.

Can a student who failed a unit last year, resubmit the pieces she failed? Will there be an exam paper issued to be sat for TAGs?

We are allowing resitting learners to be entered for a TAG. This is not the standard process for resits – you will need to submit a TAG for the unit, and will use the work from last year and any additional work as evidence to support the TAG grade. We have published a new optional exemplar exam paper to support the TAG process, this can be found on the qualification page on the website.

How do I enter Year 10 students for summer unit exams?

The summer exam windows have been cancelled and there will be no exams or submission of assignment evidence for external moderation. However, you will need to submit your TAG grades to us and we will share more information about this in our webinar on 7 May.

Is there a specific template we should use for the first data collection on learner statuses?

There is no template for this internal centre process, however, centres need to ensure you have accurate records of decision making. For the data collection it will be important to record any decisions made on reasons why you are not submitting a TAG for a learner.

Are we able to enter TAGs for other year cohorts besides year 11? What about year 10 students who were expecting to take their exam this year?

Year 10 learners would be non-certificating learners and we are allowing centres to submit TAGs for the units that the learner had planned to complete in the summer 2021 series. Please refer back to the guidance and the slides for information about sources of evidence and the qualification website for the new optional exemplar exam paper that we have published to support the TAG process.

What are the plans for Year 10s who should have submitted in cancelled windows?

This is an non-certificating learner and we are allowing centres to submit a TAG. Please refer back to the guidance and the slides for information about sources of evidence and the qualification website for the new optional exemplar exam paper that we have published to support the TAG process.

Please can you confirm if work completed from now on will be uploaded though any window date as per normal? Or will it be marked and internally moderated?

Centres do not need to submit work to VTCT unless we request evidence during the external quality assurance process for TAGs. The summer exams and assessment series have been cancelled. Please refer back to the guidance and the slides for information about sources of evidence and the qualification website for the new optional exemplar exam paper that we have published to support the TAG process.

Will the resit windows be reintroduced in October?

Information about the plans for the autumn assessments will follow in the coming months. VTCT will update our centres as soon as we are able to.