Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]

Explanatory Notes

Annex B – Glossary

Advanced Learner Loan (ALL) . An Advanced Learner Loan helps eligible adults (aged 19 and above) with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England. Further information can be found on GOV.UK. Qualifications for which an individual can take a loan out are known as "qualifications approved for ALL". They can be found at: https://www.qualifications.education.gov.uk/

Advanced Level. Any qualification at level 3, they include A Levels, the T Level technical qualification, level 3 NVQs, and level 3 National Diplomas. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at advanced level.

Advanced Technical Education. Refers to technical education that is delivered at level 3, this includes level 3 apprenticeships, T Levels, level 3 NVQs, and some Level 3 National Diplomas. This is the same level as A Levels.

Apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a job that combines practical training with study. These can be provided from intermediate level (level 2) to professional level (levels 6&7). See "A guide to apprenticeships" A_guide_to_apprenticeships.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk) .

Higher Technical Qualification. This refers to a level 4-5 Higher Technical Qualification that gains approval from the Institute where its content aligns with the Institute’s employer-led standards.

Awarding organisations. Refers to individual organisations recognised by Ofqual that design, develop, and certificate qualifications but are not themselves education providers.

Degree Apprenticeship. An apprenticeship delivered at level 6 or 7, equivalent to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Degree Level. Any qualification at level 6 or 7. Level 6 includes a full undergraduate degree (may be degree with honours/bachelor’s degree), or a graduate diploma. Level 7 includes a master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, and a level 7 diploma. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at levels 6 and 7.

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) . The ESFA is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Education. It is responsible for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults. See the ESFA website for more information.

Employer-led standards. Set out the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required for an occupation. Also known as occupational standards. Employer-led standards enable assessment of whether an individual has achieved the KSBs needed to be competent in an occupation. They are developed by groups of employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. They currently form the basis of the T Level technical qualification and apprenticeships.

Further education college (FEC). Refers to institutions conducted by further education corporations. Further education colleges offer a variety of courses from entry level through to higher level qualifications.

Further Education Provider. An education or training organisation that is approved to deliver further education to students.

Higher level. Any qualification at levels 4 and 5. Apprenticeships can also be at higher level.

Higher technical education (HTE) . Refers to technical education provided at levels 4 and 5.

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (Institute) . The Institute is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Education. It approves and publishes the employer-led standards for occupations (and their associated apprenticeship assessment plans), approves technical education qualifications, and advises government on funding for each standard. Home / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Intermediate level. Any qualification at level 2, including GCSEs (Grades A*-C/9- 4), level 2 NVQ. Apprenticeships can also be at intermediate level.

Level (L). Refers to the 9 qualification levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. What qualification levels mean: England, Wales and Northern Ireland - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Level 2. Also known as Intermediate level. Level 2 qualifications include GCSEs (Grades A*-C/9-4) and level 2 Technical Award. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at Intermediate level.

Level 3. Also known as Advanced level. Level 3 qualifications include A Levels, T Levels, Pearson BTECs, and Cambridge Technicals. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at Advanced level.

Levels 4 and 5. Also known as higher level. Level 4 includes Certificate of higher education, level 4 diploma, and higher national certificate. Level 5 includes, diploma of higher education, foundation degree, higher national diploma. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at higher level.

Levels 6 and 7 . Also known as degree level. Level 6 includes a full undergraduate degree (may be degree with honours/bachelor’s degree), and a graduate diploma. Level 7 includes a master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, and a level 7 diploma. Apprenticeships can also be delivered at degree level.

Lifelong Loan Entitlement. A funding provision, enabling people to access four years’ worth of student loan funding across further and higher education providers throughout their lifetime.

Local skills improvement plans. Local skills improvement plans will set out the key changes required to skills provision in a local area to make provision more responsive to labour market skills needs.

Occupational Standards. Occupational Standards is a term often used to refer to employer-led standards. They contain a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship. Apprenticeships based on employer-led standards have replaced apprenticeship frameworks as part of reforms to raise the quality of apprenticeships. The standards are developed by groups of employers and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is responsible for approving and publishing the employer-led standards and the related assessment plans.

Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is a non-departmental public body and is the independent regulator of higher education in England. Home - Office for Students

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations, and assessments in England. Ofqual is a non-ministerial government department with jurisdiction in England. Ofqual - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

T Level. A T Level is a programme of study at level 3 containing a qualification which is based on employer-led standards, as well as a significant industry placement and other components. T Levels offer an alternative to A Levels and are aligned with work-based technical education also provided at level 3 through apprenticeships. T Levels are being introduced in phases from September 2020.

Technical education. Technical education encompasses any education or training, such as qualifications and apprenticeships, that focuses on progression into skilled employment and requires the acquisition of both a substantial body of technical knowledge and a set of practical skills valued by industry. Technical education covers provision from level 2 (the equivalent of GCSEs at A* to C or 9 to 4) to higher education (level 6), but it differs from A Levels and other academic options in that it draws its purpose from the workplace rather than an academic discipline.

Traineeships. A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience. It can last from six weeks up to one year.

 

18th May 2021