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FAQs

Will my learners get calculated grades this summer?

Calculated grades were part of the ERF framework for summer 2020.  They do not exist under the VCRF framework. 

There is an outline of the qualfiication groupings on the VCRF page 

If your qualification has been grouped into category B then there is some eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has it’s own minimum requirements which are being uploaded to this website throughout March.

Category A qualifications do not have any eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades and should be evidenced as per the adaptation guidance on the website

We would recommend that learners are being offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this.

We will be able to provide more information on how to request and evidence TAGs over the next few months. (FAQ00073)

Can I change my components to ones which are less practical?

You must check the qualification handbook to be sure the new choice is within the rules of combination.
You do not need approval to switch optional units but is certainly good practice to discuss this with your Internal Verifier, you can also arrange an interim EV to check plans.
Remember, your internal verifier must approve any tasks prior to use so a change in component will require new tasks to be agreed by the internal verifier

You will need to do a Course Amendment Form (found in centre handbooks and forms on the website) and send to enquiries@aim-group.org.uk so your e-RAC can be updated.  (Do this now rather than leaving it to when you are claiming – it will slow down your claim at that point). (FAQ00074)

I haven’t registered my learners, will they be eligible?

Yes, the VCRF has provision in place to allow mitigation to learners who have not yet been registered. They must show as being on programme during the 2020-21 academic year.
Please register your learners as soon as possible to ensure that you are included on communications about those qualifications. (FAQ00075)

What is a TAG (teacher assessed grade)?

A Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) is the Ofqual terminology for a grade awarded using teacher judgement instead of the usual fully completed evidence produced by a learner.
A TAG would take into account evidence already produced, alternative assessment and holistic assessment to inform a reasonable judgement as to whether that learner would have completed the assessment in full had they not been impacted by COVID closures. (FAQ00086)

How do I claim TAGs

The VCRF framework that allows us to award TAGs is not yet active therefore we are unable to process any claims at present. It is anticipated this will be in place from April subject to Ofqual releasing it. (FAQ00083)

Will I use the same eRACs for TAGs again?

We will provide you with guidance around the e-RACS and claiming TAGS once the framework is live. (FAQ00084)

Can I claim TAGS under DCS? 

We are awaiting further guidance. At present, you must not verify any claims which have been achieved using Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)  (FAQ00085) 

We have our remaining level 2 Design Apprenticeship learners completing soon. Is there any new guidance on how we assess these learners please in light of the pandemic? 

The Design apprenticeship qualifications have been grouped into Category A. This means there will not be eligiblity for teacher assessed grades (TAGs) but adaptations can be applied to the assessment.

Previously, in each of the qualification handbooks that were denoted EERF on the website, there was an appendix at the end that outlined the adaptations.

These are currently being updated to reflect VCRF activity and will be updated on the relevant COVID subject pages – the general premise of these suggestions will be the same still, we will primarily be updating the terminology on the guidance to reflect latest framework. (FAQ00076)

We have students currently completing the Level 1 Extended Certificate in Personal and Social Development Skills. They are now struggling to complete some of the units due to not being in school. Is there any guidance on what will be put in place to help students complete the courses, or if Cag's would be awarded like for GCSE and A-level.

Level 1 Personal and Social Development Skills qualifications are in category B therefore there is some eligibility for Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has its own minimum requirements. These will be uploaded to the website throughout March.

We would recommend that learners are being offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this. (FAQ00078)

We would like to change our unit choice on the Pre-Access qualification due to covid (observation assessment method not suitable) 

You must check the qualification handbook to be sure the new choice is within the rules of combination.
You do not need approval to switch optional units but is certainly good practice to discuss this with your Internal Verifier, you can also arrange an interim EV to check plans. Your internal verifier must approve any tasks prior to use so a change in component will require new tasks to be agreed by the internal verifier.

You will need to complete a Course Amendment Form and send to enquiries@aim-group.org.uk so your e-RAC can be updated. (Do this now rather than leaving it to when you are claiming – it will slow down your claim at that point).

There are no adaptations for pre-access because it is heavily theory based already. These qualifications are in category B  therefore TAGs are available where a learner is not able to access the assessments set. (FAQ00079)

Where an AIMVOC component requires learners to complete practical tasks in a work related environment related to the job sector: 
a) What are the alternatives to assessing these standards?
b) With the pandemic at the moment it is very difficult to get work experience at the moment 

Previously, in each of the qualification handbooks that were denoted EERF, there was an appendix at the end that outlined the adaptations you could make and most have guidance on the practical observations and how you could do them remotely/not as an observation. These are currently being updated to reflect VCRF activity and will be updated on the relevant COVID subject page. The general premise of these suggestions will be the same still, we will primarily be updating the terminology on the guidance to reflect latest framework. (FAQ00080)

Do you have any further guidance for AIMVOCs as to whether you are requiring TAGs or expecting them to carry on assessing as normal?

AIMVOC qualifications are in category B  therefore there is some eligibility for TAGs. This means that a learner may be able to complete their claim with incomplete evidence that is supported by a TAG. Each qualification has its own minimum requirements which will be uploaded to the website throughout March.

We would recommend that learners be offered assessments and that teaching and learning continues to ensure your learners have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to progress to their new endeavour. Where a learner is/was unable to access the assessment, there will be some alternative assessment options available to support this. 

You should be continuing to expect learners to complete as much assessment as is possible

We will be able to provide more information on how to request and evidence TAGs over the next few months. (FAQ00081)