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Dun Laoghaire VEC Adult Guidance Service Quality in FETAC Communicate Information to Learners National Dun Laoghaire VEC Adult Guidance Service Quality in FETAC Communicate Information to Learners National Qualifications Framework Further Education and Training Awards Council -Access, Transfer and Progression. Programme Co-ordinators September 2008 QA: AGS/LPC FETAC Presentation 0908

Quality in FETAC Communicate information to Learners including Access, Transfer and Progression Enable learners Quality in FETAC Communicate information to Learners including Access, Transfer and Progression Enable learners to: n Make informed choices regarding the programme(s) on offer n Recognise prior learning n Successfully participate in a programme n Enable learners to transfer or progress to another programme within the National Framework of Qualifications

AGS and FETAC QA n 1. 2. n To provide information on FETAC: Impartial AGS and FETAC QA n 1. 2. n To provide information on FETAC: Impartial adult education information on local, regional and national adult education Contact point for queries relating to the value of FETAC components/awards Provide tailored guidance to individuals and groups: Adult Literacy, Community Education, including Back to Education Initiative and former residents of designated institutions

Information Session n n n n National Qualifications Framework overview FETAC overview Composition of Information Session n n n n National Qualifications Framework overview FETAC overview Composition of FETAC 3 & 4 Awards Progression within FETAC Flexibility and Rules Practical Examples Progression beyond FETAC Adult Guidance Resource

The National Framework of Qualifications – award-types and awarding bodies The National Framework of Qualifications – award-types and awarding bodies

National Qualifications Framework n The National Framework of Qualifications launched in October 2003 is National Qualifications Framework n The National Framework of Qualifications launched in October 2003 is defined as: n “The single, nationally and internationally accepted entity, through which all learning achievements may be measured and related to each other in a coherent way and which defines the relationship between all education and training awards” (NQAI, 2003)

National Qualifications Framework (and new European Framework) n Objectives included: – To bring transparency National Qualifications Framework (and new European Framework) n Objectives included: – To bring transparency to the qualifications system – To ensure learners and other stakeholders are able to relate awards to each other – To enhance learner mobility at a national and abroad

National Qualifications Framework (and new European Quality Framework) n Based on a learning outcomes National Qualifications Framework (and new European Quality Framework) n Based on a learning outcomes approach n A set of learning outcomes are defined at each Level - what a learner would be expected to achieve to get an Award at that Level n Each Level is determined by standards of: – Knowledge - what a person knows – Skills - what a person can do – Competence - what a person understands

What is FETAC? Nationally recognised system of qualifications (6 Levels) n Standard n Flexible What is FETAC? Nationally recognised system of qualifications (6 Levels) n Standard n Flexible alternative Takes place in different centres of learning n Recognises that learning takes place throughout life n

FETAC – Quality Assurance n All providers offering FETAC Awards are required to have FETAC – Quality Assurance n All providers offering FETAC Awards are required to have a QA system agreed with FETAC n Positive development in the context of the ad-hoc development of the Irish Adult/Further Education sector n Establishes codes of good practice n Learner centred

FETAC Further Education and Training Awards Council What is FETAC? n New system of FETAC Further Education and Training Awards Council What is FETAC? n New system of awards for education n Made up of 6 Levels n Flexible alternative to Junior Cert and Leaving Certificates n Recognises that we learn throughout life

FETAC options are offered locally n Adult and Community Education offers certification at Level FETAC options are offered locally n Adult and Community Education offers certification at Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 n Can offer optional components at level 5 leading to a major award at 3 and 4. SKILLVEC is Major Level 5 Programme n Local Colleges of Further Education generally offer FETAC certification at Levels 5 and 6

FETAC AWARDS § Minor Award Recognition for each unit of learning (component) e. g. FETAC AWARDS § Minor Award Recognition for each unit of learning (component) e. g. Computer Literacy, Communications § Major Award Recognition for a complete set of learning units /components eg Level 3 Award in General Learning Level 4 Award in General Vocational Studies Level 5 Certificate in Childcare

FETAC Level 3 Major Award Certificate in General Learning 3 Core Components + 5 FETAC Level 3 Major Award Certificate in General Learning 3 Core Components + 5 Elective Components Communications 3 Mathematics 3 Personal Effectiveness 3 GUIDE: page 19 Total 8 Credits

FETAC Level 4 Major Award 4 Core 4 Elective Communications 4 Personal Effectiveness 4 FETAC Level 4 Major Award 4 Core 4 Elective Communications 4 Personal Effectiveness 4 IT Skills 4 Mathematics 4 GUIDE: page 19 Total 8 Credits

Core and Elective Components at Level 3 and 4 n Each Award is made Core and Elective Components at Level 3 and 4 n Each Award is made up of core and elective components n Core Components Essential for a Major award Level 3: Communications, Maths, Personal Effectiveness/Pers Interpers Skills Level 4: Communications, Maths, PE/PI Skills, Information Technology Skills § Elective / Vocational Components Chosen to add to core components to make up a full award e. g. Computer Literacy, Data Entry, Living in a Diverse Society

CREDITS FOR LEARNING n Each component awarded carries a value - a Credit (usually CREDITS FOR LEARNING n Each component awarded carries a value - a Credit (usually 1 credit) n 8 Credits are needed for a Major Award n Credits are also awarded for certain Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Subjects and for the ECDL

Flexibility It is possible to: n Mix and match components across levels (within certain Flexibility It is possible to: n Mix and match components across levels (within certain rules) n Move to a higher level without completing Major Award at current level

Component Credits at Level 3 and 4 A Component is worth : 1 credit Component Credits at Level 3 and 4 A Component is worth : 1 credit at its own level. 5 credit at the next level up 2 credits at the lower level 4 credits at the next lower level Contact Adult Guidance Service for queries relating to the value of FETAC components or awards

Some Rules 1 You must complete minimum of 4 components at whatever level of Some Rules 1 You must complete minimum of 4 components at whatever level of award you are working towards and a total of 8 credits.

Some Rules 2 You can carry forward 2 credits (max) from one level to Some Rules 2 You can carry forward 2 credits (max) from one level to the next

Some Rules 3 Level 3 components cannot be used as credits at Level 5 Some Rules 3 Level 3 components cannot be used as credits at Level 5

Some Rules n Core component (eg Communications, Maths, ) cannot be used as credits Some Rules n Core component (eg Communications, Maths, ) cannot be used as credits at higher FETAC level n Core components can be used as credits at lower levels eg: can use Communications Level 4 to give 2 credits at Level 3

Some Rules n Credits gained at Level 2 cannot be transferred to Level 3 Some Rules n Credits gained at Level 2 cannot be transferred to Level 3

FETAC Level 3 Major Award composed of all level 3 components 3 Core Components FETAC Level 3 Major Award composed of all level 3 components 3 Core Components + 5 Elective Components Communications 3 Mathematics 3 Personal Effectiveness 3 GUIDE: page 19 Total 8 Credits

FETAC Level 3 Major Award composed of component level mixing 8 Credits with 4 FETAC Level 3 Major Award composed of component level mixing 8 Credits with 4 achieved at level 3 1 1 Computer Literacy 3 Communications 3 2 Personal Effectiveness 3 GUIDE: page 19 Caring for children 4 2 Mathematics 3 Chid Development and Play 4 Total 8 Credits

FETAC Level 3 Major Award with component level mixing 8 Credits with 4 achieved FETAC Level 3 Major Award with component level mixing 8 Credits with 4 achieved at level 3 1 Communications 3 1 1 1 Irish 3 Mathematics 3 4 Personal Effectiveness 3 GUIDE: page 19 Total 8 Credits Special Needs Assistant 5

FETAC Level 4 Major Award Core Elective Communications 4 Personal Effectiveness 4 IT Skills FETAC Level 4 Major Award Core Elective Communications 4 Personal Effectiveness 4 IT Skills 4 Example: Mathematics 4 2 credits at level 3 = 1 credit at level 4 GUIDE: page 19 1 credit at level 5 = 2 credits at level 4

FETAC Level 4 Major Award 8 credits with 7 achieved at level 4 Core FETAC Level 4 Major Award 8 credits with 7 achieved at level 4 Core Communications 4 Personal Effectiveness 4 Elective. 5. 5 Living in a Diverse Society 3 Computer Literacy 3 IT Skills 4 Mathematics 4 30

FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Childcare - Vocational 2 General Components + 1 FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Childcare - Vocational 2 General Components + 1 Work Experience Vocational Components Communications 4 compulsory (General Studies 1) Caring for children 0 -6 General Studies 2 Working in Childcare Child Development Work Experience One elective vocational component Early Childhood Education 31

FETAC and the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) Full FETAC awards at Levels 5 FETAC and the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) Full FETAC awards at Levels 5 and 6 may feed into related courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities n Places are reserved for FETAC applicants n Offers more progression options n

FETAC Levels 1 and 2 n Work in development n 30 Credit system FETAC Levels 1 and 2 n Work in development n 30 Credit system

Resource Pack for Co-ordinators Copy of Presentation notes n Supply of AGS Directories n Resource Pack for Co-ordinators Copy of Presentation notes n Supply of AGS Directories n FETAC table and Fan – laminated n FETAC 3 Visual n FETAC 4 Visual n FETAC 3 list of component options n FETAC 4 list of component options n

Guidance Resources n n n n Local Programme Co-ordinator sessions Learner Programme Group/individual Sessions Guidance Resources n n n n Local Programme Co-ordinator sessions Learner Programme Group/individual Sessions Information Officer and Library AGS Directory Email ‘Updates’ link Fact Sheets ‘Discover Guidance’ News Pamphlets – including learner stories

CONTACTS: Adult Guidance Service: Reception Carolann Duggan Deirdre Johnston Eoin Quinn 2365190/6 2365314 2365315 CONTACTS: Adult Guidance Service: Reception Carolann Duggan Deirdre Johnston Eoin Quinn 2365190/6 2365314 2365315 [email protected] dlvec. ie [email protected] dlvec. ie [email protected] dlvec. ie Websites www. fetac. ie www. nqai. ie www. dlvec. ie www. nfq. ie ec. europa. eu/eqf Email: [email protected] ie for details of how to apply for credit of certification issued by other recognised bodies