||A body issuing qualifications (certificates, diplomas or titles) formally recognises the learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and/or competences) of an individual, following an assessment and validation procedure.
||Accredited Prior Learning
||Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the generic term used for the award of credits on the basis of demonstrated learning that has occurred at some time in the past, prior to the current programme of study.
||Computer Aided Design
||CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) is software used to design products such as electronic circuit boards in computers and other devices.
||Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment
||The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) was established on 1 April 1994 and is a non-departmental public body reporting to the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.
||Computer Numerically Controlled
||CNC means Computer Numerical Control. This means a computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and they control the movement of the cutter. In this way the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material.
||External Quality Assurer
||An EQA is responsible for external quality assurance and qualification approval activities under the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by OAL. The prime role is to participate in quality assurance of qualifications in the subject area(s) concerned to ensure that standards are maintained.
||Internal Quality Assurer
||Ensures that learners and Assessors clearly understand what is required by the relevant standards and that all Assessors’ judgements are fair, reliable, valid and consistent. Must authorise all Certificate requests.
||National Occupational Standards
||National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding.
||National Qualifications Framework
||The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is the system that records levels of learning achievement to ensure that the skills and knowledge that have been learned are recognised throughout the country. There are eight levels on the NQF. These levels are divided into three bands: general education and training.
||National Skills Academy
||The National Skills academies seek to focus and coordinate UK-wide training in their sector by helping others develop standardised training materials which can be flexed to deliver exactly what a single or group of employers want. It also promotes the industry sector, specifically its career choices.
||National Vocational Qualification
||National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work based awards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are achieved through assessment and training. In Scotland they are known as Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ).
||Occupational Awards Limited
||Your awarding organisation, approved by the regulator to offer qualifications and awards. Occupational Awards provides qualifications throughout the world.
||Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation
||The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. Ofqual is a non-ministerial department.
||Qualifications and Credit Framework
||The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the national credit transfer system for education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
||Recognition of Prior Learning
||RPL is one of a number of processes for establishing credit or advanced standing. RPL broadens access into formal learning by enabling credit to be given for student achievement though other formal, non-formal or informal learning.
|SSB or SSC
||Standards Setting Body or Sector Skills Council
||Sector Skills Councils and Standards Setting Bodies with employers define occupational standards and job competencies. These are used in many different ways by employers.
||Scottish Vocational Qualification
||A Scottish Vocational Qualification, or SVQ, is a certificate of vocational education in Scotland. SVQs are available to people of all ages. SVQs are developed by Sector Skills Councils, in partnership with industry and awarding bodies.