2The CAS (Common Award System) FETAC introduced a range of new awards developed through the Common Awards System. These awards are available to all registered providers, i.e. those who have agreed their quality assurance with FETAC.
3A national approach at Level 4 For Levels 1, 2 and 3, VECs wrote their own programmes.VECs around the country wrote the new Level 4 and 5 programmes for sharing.The old Level 4 and many Level 5 modules will be deactivated in December 2012.The new Level 4 and 5 programmes are now ready for sharing across the VECs.
4Level 2 and Level 3It is envisaged that Level 2 will be available nationally in December 2012.Writing will commence in September. Co. Cavan VEC will be part of this process.Level 3 programmes will also be made available nationally (this process has started).
5Level 4 - The processMeetings – different VECs were given different components to writeWriting took placeProgrammes went up on the FESS website for consultationComments fed back to all VECsProgrammes amended as necessaryWent back up for consultationThe process was made available through FESSDifferent VECs evaluated programmesAll programmes were put through the PAA process
6Co. Cavan VECWe wrote: Understanding interculturalism, Data Entry and Business EnglishWe wrote the programme information for the Security Skills Major AwardThe writing team: Mary McKenna, Michael Donohoe, Kevin Farrelly, Janna TiearneyCavan Institute wrote several security programmes
7Level 4 Major Awards*See breakdown of major awards. ( ed to you separately)General LearningICT SkillsEarly Childhood Education and Care SupportRetail SkillsHorticulturePrivate Security ServicesEmployment SkillsHotel Front OfficeOffice SkillsCulinary SkillsEngineering Skills (not on the sheet)* Sport and Recreation is still being written
8The different awards All major awards have a value of 90 credits. Every major award has core components.*See breakdown of major awards
9Credit values Components are either 5, 10 or 15 credits. 1 credit = 10 hours learning (directed and self-directed study)
10Where to find the programmes Certificate and component specifications can be found onProgrammes will be available on the website: from Friday 13th July(Will soon also be available on FBS, details will be ed to all)
11The certificate specification *See ‘Employability Skills’ certificate specification as an example:This includes:General informationKnowledge, skill and competenceCertificate requirement
12The component specification See ‘Work Experience’ component specification as an example:This includes:General informationLearning outcomesAssessment techniques
13The programmes*See ‘Work Experience’ programme as an example: (attached in your )Each programme contains:General informationAims and objectivesLearning outcomesIndicative contentAssessmentMarking sheets
14Work Experience – 4N1168 The programme includes: Introduction / General InformationTitle of the programme (may differ from the component title)Name / Code / Duration / Credit value / Status / Special RequirementsAims and objectivesLearning outcomes - 10
15Work Experience – 4N1168Indicative content: states a minimum of ten days / 70 hours work experienceMany of the Level 4 programmes are divided into sections:Section 1: General Work-Related InformationSection 2: Planning and Preparation for the Work PlacementSection 3: The Work PlacementSection 4: Reviewing the Work Placement and Future Planning
16Assessment – Collection of work 60%To include:A personal auditA summary of potential employment and learning opportunitiesA CVA letter of application
17Assessment – Skills Demonstration 40%To include:Work Experience Employer Report ( document available at the end of the programme)Learner Account of Work Experience
18Marking SheetAllocation of marks may be more specific than the old modules.The marking sheets for some components are quite detailed in the new Level 4.
19Old modulesA deactivation date means that as and from that date, providers will no longer be able to enter learners for certification using the named awardLearners may carry forward existing minor awards (components) as exemptions towards new common major and special purpose awards, where they are appropriate, until December 2014.
20Programme ReviewThe programme will be reviewed annually. The review process will adhere to Co. Cavan VEC’s Quality Assurance Policy, B5 Programme Development, Delivery and Review and associated procedures.Any comments and/or suggestions by tutors will be welcome.
21Training in September Level 4 training – September 4th This will centre around tutor packs, to include:Assessment briefsAssessment samplesSolutionsMarking schemes