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Creative, Design and Digital

Find out more about our Creative, Design and Digital offer.


Career Card Creative Design and Production

If you like making things, whether that’s sewing, basket weaving or pattern making, a career in craft can be very rewarding.


Internal Synoptic Project Delivery Guide

This guidance provides support and information on how to administer an internal synoptic project for all NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Awards.


Career Card Art and Design

If you‘re a creative person who can turn ideas into something visual, a career in art and design could be the perfect fit for you.


Funding information sheet

If you're confused about the funding you can access when offering a Level 3 Maths qualification, take a look at our funding cheat sheet.


T Level Support Roles - Healthcare | NCFE

T Level Support Roles As one of the UK’s leading providers of educational services, NCFE was recently awarded the contract by the Government to design and develop the Health T Level, Healthcare Science T Level and Science T Level. T Levels mark a re…


NCFE wins contract to deliver Childcare T Level

We are thrilled to announce that NCFE has been awarded the contract by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) and the Department for Education (DfE) to be the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level…


NCFE Level 2 Award in Creative Craft


T Level Provider - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

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We've won 5 more T Level contracts! | NCFE

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded the contract by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to be the delivery partner for the Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Sc…


Making creative learning accessible to all

Making creative learning accessible to all Technology Triumphs is a distance learning based tuition service from qualified and experienced teachers, who aim to make creative learning more accessible to all. Design Technology teachers, Pip Rothwell a…


Beat the machines and develop creative thinking in the classroom

Karyn Taylor, Curriculum Officer at NCFE, looks at how you can develop your pupils' creative thinking in the classroom and why machines will never take over the creative industries.


Creative, Design and Digital

Creative, Design & Digital With developments in technology bringing significant changes to the way we live and work, there’s a need for organisations to continuously find new ways of being innovative and creative to remain competitive. Creativity an…


NCFE helps meet the creative needs of the future

NCFE helps meet the creative needs of the future One of the North East’s leading creatives has backed NCFE’s Technical Award in Art and Design. Darren Richardson, co-founder of creative communications agency Gardiner Richardson, said the Level 1 / 2…


T level TAGs

Alternative Assessment arrangements for Education and Childcare T Levels As a result of the outcome of the consultation on arrangements for assessing vocational and technical qualifications this summer, the Department for Education and Ofqual propo…


Student progresses with help of Level 2 CACHE qualification

Originally enrolled onto his Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner qualification as a late starter, Raja wasn’t going to let that stop him from achieving his goals. He was soon known by all learners and tutors within the college because of…


Customer Service - Service Level Agreements | NCFE

Exceptional Customer Service At NCFE, we’re passionate about providing exceptional customer service and exceeding your expectations. We think our approach to customer service makes us different – easy to do business with, flexible and responsive. …


T Level

T Levels mark a revolution in technical education, offering a world class technical alternative to A Levels.  NCFE is spearheading these exciting reforms having been selected as the delivery partner of choice for 6 of the 9 T Levels awarded so far. …


T level Timeline

T Level Timeline


Delivering T Level success

Delivering T level Success T Levels are a new 2 year programme primarily aimed at 16-18 learners which include a technical qualification which may be taught in a classroom, workshop or simulated work environment. These level 3 programmes will train …


Update: Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Update: NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (601/8435/8) Following extensive research and stakeholder engagement, we have decided to introduce a Near Pass (N) grade to the Short Answer Examination for this qualifi…


Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner - updated specification

Level 4 Early Years Advanced Practitioner - updated specification You may have been aware of some changes to the NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner (601/8424/3) which were proposed back in April. We took the dec…


Music Technology Level 1 and Level 2 assessment results now available

Music Technology Level 1 and Level 2 assessment results now available The 2017/18 academic session saw the awarding of NCFE’s first Technical Awards; the Level 1 and Level 2 Technical Awards in Music Technology. Although these are separate qualifica…


Level 2 Early Years Reminder

Level 2 Early Years Reminder From 1st September 2019 learners who wish to count in the adult/child ratios in Early Years settings once they have achieved their qualification will need to be registered on our new NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Ea…


Updated textbook - Level 1 Caring for Children

Updated textbook - Level 1 Caring for Children The second edition of the Level 1 Caring for Children textbook has been published by Hodder Education and is endorsed by CACHE. This textbook is suitable for learners studying any of the following quali…


Fighting for a level playing field in English and maths

Fighting for a level playing field in English and maths At NCFE, we understand that every learner is different and that it’s important for learners to have access to qualifications which suit their varying needs. Under current guidelines in schools,…


Amendment to specification for NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading (603/3883/0)

Amendment to specification for NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading (603/3883/0) An error has been identified in the specification for the above qualification within the unit summary of optional unit J/617/3600 - Introduction to Co…


Funding changes to Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

Funding changes to Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator) The Department for Education (DfE) is conducting a review of qualifications at level 3 and below. As part of this review the DfE is proposing to withdraw fun…


NCFE Case Study: University of Cumbria

At NCFE, we want to ensure that learners who complete our qualification are able to access to a wide range of progression routes.


T Levels are go

The much-awaited T Level consultation response arrived over the late May bank holiday weekend and, after months of silence on the issue, we now have a clearer idea of the policy and how and when it will be implemented.


How to engage learners while working remotely

Keeping learners engaged while working remotely has been a key challenge for the education sector during this enforced period of lockdown.


T Levels could change everything. Are you ready?

To those who work in schools, you may feel somewhat isolated from the onset of T Levels.


Tackling the normalisation of online sexual violence in RSHE

Jan Lever, Director at Jigsaw PSHE, talks to NCFE about a new independent report into online sexual harm and the normalisation of sexual violence and how you can help to address this in school through PSHE and Relationships, Sex and Health Education,…


Legal Information - Privacy Notice | NCFE

Legal Information Covid-19 Risk Assessment Our Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be found here. External Parties Information Security Requirements Policy Download here Privacy Notice NCFE (the “we”, “us”, “our”) (registered company number 02896700 and re…


Are T Levels trained on the wrong target?

A great deal of attention has rightly been focused on the long-awaited government response to the T Level consultation issued in November 2017. Much less notice has been taken of another document, also published by DfE in May and snappily titled ‘Pos…


East Coast College students prepare for Uniformed Services

East Coast College students prepare for entry in the Uniformed Services      East Coast College learners are using vocational qualifications from NCFE to help them prepare to enter the Uniformed Services. Using the Level 2 Diploma for Entry in th…


Supporting apprenticeships, creating opportunities.

We’re passionate about apprenticeships and are really getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. This year's theme looks at what apprenticeships mean to individuals, employers, communities and the wider economy, and we'll be sharing our stories and…


NCFE qualification endorsed by top Travel Management company

NCFE’s recently developed Level 3 Award in Business Travel has been endorsed by several business travel experts, including Clarity, part of the Portman Travel Group, which includes Elegant Resorts and If Only.


New mobile app is revolutionising access to tutoring

The mobile app has been designed to create equal access to learning and provide a low cost, high quality alternative to traditional private tutoring.


Support T Levels - Technical Education | NCFE

Government is introducing new T levels as a high-quality, work-focussed alternative to A levels for young people once they’ve completed their GCSEs. NCFE is working with Government to develop T level qualifications for: education and childcare; di…


Fully Functional - Functional Skills | NCFE

NCFE's purpose is to promote and advance learning. When it comes to English and maths we believe that equal opportunities aren’t given to all qualification types. There isn’t currently a level playing field for English and maths and we want to rais…


Apprenticeship Frameworks - Apprenticeships | NCFE

Apprenticeship Frameworks We’re committed to helping learners achieve their potential through apprenticeships. Our high-quality range of full and part apprenticeships at higher, advanced and intermediate level, together with our supporting qualifica…


Tips for teachers managing your own mental health: exercise

Exercise increases blood flow and levels of dopamine, a chemical which is released during all pleasurable activities, and a lack of it has been linked to depression.


NCFE Award endorsed by the Society of Operations Engineers

We’re delighted to announce that our Level 1 / 2 Technical Award in Engineering has received endorsement from the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).


Case study with River Tees Multi Academy Trust PRU

Tom Rhatigan discusses his experience of delivering V Certs, including the Level 1 and Level 2 certificates in Health and Fitness, and how the qualification has allowed his pupils to find their strengths and excel.


Young carer used her V Cert to boost attendance

Keeley Crompton, Chorlton High School learner, awarded Highly Commended in the Learner of the Year – Against All Odds category in NCFE Aspiration Awards, while completing her Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery.


Consulting pupils about RSHE

Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education (RSHE) will become mandatory in schools across England from September 2020. Creating a curriculum that meets the needs of pupils is vital.


Tops tips for going green in the classroom

The younger generation are more socially and environmentally aware than ever, and it seems we’re constantly being reminded about the effects our actions are having on the world around us and being encouraged to ‘do our bit’.


The desire to succeed

It’s been an extremely busy couple of weeks for the NCFE Schools team culminating in us successfully resubmitting our combined Level 1 /2 Tech Awards to the DfE for consideration of inclusion into the 2020 Performance Tables.


Providers - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

T Levels are new 2 year programmes for 16-18 year olds. They have been developed in collaboration with employers and include a technical qualification that integrates maths, English and digital skills. T Levels feature an employer set project and a …


NCFE and CILT Collaboration Case Study - Employers | NCFE

NCFE and CILT collaborate on development of retail and commercial enterprise qualification Case Study Tuesday 14 February 2017 National awarding organisation NCFE and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the membership organisa…


Provider FAQs - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

Frequently Asked Questions Please find below answers to frequently asked T Level questions. If you're looking for an answer to a more route specific question, please visit the relevant sector support page.  General questions   Question Answe…


Apprenticeship Framework Components | NCFE

Apprenticeship Framework Components What apprenticeships involve Learners completing an apprenticeship work alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills while earning themselves a wage. They’re also given time for study which is related …


Team Leader apprentice completes end-point assessment

Tony Rossiter has successfully completed end-point assessment for the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship standard. Tony works as a Senior Engineering Change Coordinator and decided to do the Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship at a later…


T Levels - Technical Education and Qualifications | NCFE

T Levels mark a revolution in technical education. They are a high-quality, work-focussed alternative to A levels for young people once they’ve completed their GCSEs. These new two-year courses are designed with employers to intimately reflect the …


Parents and Learners - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

What are T Levels? Starting this September, Government is introducing new T levels to provide young people with a technical alternative to A levels once they’ve finished their GCSEs.   NCFE T Levels NCFE is spearheading these exciting reforms and w…


Vocational qualifications improve learners’ employability

Ensuring young people leave their formal education ready for the workplace is a difficult task but one which providers have been challenged to deliver on as part of their careers education and commitment to employability skills.


Peer Tutor - online peer-to-peer support for learners

With the current COVID-19 outbreak causing uncertainty and unease across the globe and schools closed until further notice, Peer Tutor will ensure your students can continue to receive academic support and develop their knowledge from home


Teacher Assessed Grades - T Levels - | NCFE

T Levels and Teacher Assessed Grades On Thursday 25th February 2021 the Department for Education and Ofqual published a response to the consultation on Alternative Arrangements for the Award of VTQs and other General Qualifications in 2021. The full…


Managing stress in and out of the learning environment

All of us experience some form of stress during our lives, some more regularly than others depending on our job, our day-to-day responsibilities, what’s going on in our personal lives and how we each cope with the situations we find ourselves in.


A career in the Community and Voluntary Sector

The Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) is probably better known as a route for people to volunteer, perhaps as a way to ‘give back’ at the end of a career, than as a provider of formative or developmental career opportunities.


Because we care - Charitable Activity | NCFE

Because we care You may not know that as well as being an awarding organisation, NCFE is also a registered educational charity, committed to changing the lives of learners and supporting people to progress and achieve. NCFE’s purpose is to ‘to pro…


Message from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

I’m delighted to share the news that the first T Level students are starting their courses this month.


My week of work experience at NCFE

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do some work experience at NCFE. I’m currently studying A-Level Sociology, Politics and BTEC Applied Law at Durham Sixth Form Centre. I spent two and a half days with the Policy team followed by…


Student with limited mobility wins Learner of the Year award

Student with limited mobility wins Learner of the Year award A pupil at Wilson Stuart School, Tiarney Calder, has been awarded the Learner of the Year in the new ‘Against All Odds’ category in our Aspiration Awards. An inspiring individual, with a d…


We love it when a plan comes together.

I’m delighted to share the positive news that our new model for combined level V Cert qualifications has been received extremely well by the Department for Education (DfE). In their latest update to the published list of approved qualifications, our …


Digital - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

T Levels mark a revolution in technical education. NCFE is spearheading the development of the technical qualifications that will sit at the centre of the following digital T Levels: Digital support services Digital business services. Digital T le…


Employers - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

T levels are high-quality, work-focussed alternative to A levels for young people once they’ve completed their GCSEs.  Each T Level is equivalent to three A levels and will help young people develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to …


Stress Awareness Month

With Stress Awareness Month now underway, the NCFE Innovation team have been reflecting on the complex relationship between stress and technology. Undeniably, our hyper-connectivity with technology often fuels stress and is a regular culprit in the m…


Give your child the gift of knowledge this Christmas

What has your teenager asked for this Christmas? An Xbox? The latest iPhone? Designer clothes? What if we told you that for a fraction of the cost, you could buy them a five month headstart on their education?


Health and Science - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

T Levels mark a revolution in technical education. NCFE is spearheading the development of the technical qualifications that will sit at the centre of the following 3 health and science T Levels: Health Healthcare science Science Health and scienc…


Provider Hub - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

Access our Approved Provider Hub for support Our approved T Level provider hub provides access to information and support to enhance your T Level delivery. If you are eligible to deliver NCFE T Levels from September 2020 or September 2021 you should…


Get Involved - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

Get involved If you’re willing to help create the next generation of skilled workers for your occupation, submit an enquiry and we’ll get back to you about how you could get involved.


Farnborough Academy case study – V Cert Aspiration Awards

We’re delighted to announce that Farnborough Academy in Nottingham have been highly commended as part of our V Cert Aspiration Awards.


Digital Support - Technical Education - T Levels | NCFE

Digital Specialist Occupations We need input from employers and experienced practitioners to help ensure that T levels reflect the reality of the occupations they’re designed to serve – and so that they set young people up for success.  We only nee…


Albion Football Club learners excel with NCFE qualifications

Albion in the Community, the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, offers a range of NCFE qualifications to help people improve their lives and develop the tools they need to meet their potential.


Suffolk New College learners prepare for entry to public services

Learners on the NCFE Level 2 and 3 Diploma Entry to the Uniformed Services at Suffolk New College are gaining skills for a wide range of occupational roles in Public Services.


Withdrawal of government funding for low volume qualifications

The Government has issued further information on the withdrawal of funding approval from qualifications with low and no publicly funded enrolments, as part of the Level 3 and below review.


Do Applied Generals prepare learners for the workplace better than A Levels?

The recent publication of the results of Ofqual’s annual survey, ‘Perceptions of qualifications in England: wave 16’, has found that Applied Generals are thought to better prepare learners for the workplace when compared to GCSE and A-Level qualifica…


A million pieces to a million pounds

4 years ago, I left my second high school with no qualifications, a lack of direction and no ambition. Fast track 4 years later to May 2018, I’m now the Founding Investor and Director of Weeduu.co and YourCode Recruitment Group. The last few years ha…


Why choose NCFE for your school?

We will support you to develop an enhanced curriculum, so every one of your learners can reach their full potential, whatever that looks like to them.


Qualification supports Interactive Media career aspirations

Interactive Media students at Gillingham School in Dorset set their sights on careers in the Media and IT industries. Studying the Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media, the learners have gained valuable vocational skills that can be used in t…


Adult Education Budget - Funding | NCFE

Adult Education Budget (AEB) The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the Nation’s workforce. To support in the economic and skills recovery to come, the ESFA will soon be launching a new £80 million tender for the national Adult Educ…


Blended learning to achieve success

Although blended learning isn't a new term, it's certainly more prevalent now, as the sector’s response to Covid-19 forced education to swiftly adjust to using technology to support learning from home, in a way that was never envisaged before.


Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on post-16 education

In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, there has been a great deal of disruption across the education sector at all levels, the impact of which will be felt long into the next academic year and possibly beyond.


Guest blog from Josh Dixon, YourCode Recruitment Group

We love hearing about how technical education can change people’s lives so when we met Josh Dixon, Managing Director at YourCode Recruitment Group, we just had to share his story.


Widening participation in education

At NCFE, our core purpose is to advance and promote learning and through this changethe lives of people of all ages and from all backgrounds through the enabling power of education. With this in mind, I’d like to focus on the social mobility agenda a…


Sample Traineeship programmes - Study Programme | NCFE

Sample Traineeship programmes We’ve put together a variety of sample Traineeship programmes in different industry sectors. Including regulated qualifications in your Traineeship programmes will not only add to the quality and rigour of your deliver…


Challenging Einstein: how can technology work hand in hand with human interaction in formative assessment?

Challenging Einstein: how can technology work hand in hand with human interaction in formative assessment? Albert Einstein feared the day that technology would surpass our human interaction. He stated the world would have a generation of idiots... i…


Getting schools ready for RSHE

Getting schools ready for RSHE The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that they will be making only minor amends to the previously released draft regulations for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). This marks a further development in wh…


Do you speak our language? We’re recruiting for tech talent in the north east

We’ve got some good news here at NCFE – we’re hiring! We’re looking to recruit a number of full stack software developers at all levels to join the growing team at our Quorum Business Park office in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Tips for teachers – talking about mental health in the classroom

Tips for teachers – talking about mental health in the classroom Andi Smart is a Mental Health Practitioner and Teacher who works for a number of care and education establishments in mental health support and teaching roles; as well as developing he…


Technical Art and Design Award Case Study - Employers | NCFE

Technical Award in Art and Design endorsed by sector expert Sector expert and employer from Vibrant Thinking has endorsed NFCE’s Art and Design Level 1/2 Technical Award in Art and Design, commending the qualification for its practical approach. Th…


Adult Education Budget (AEB) | 63 million underspend

At NCFE, we believe that lifelong learning is hugely important and we encourage our customers to make the most of their adult education budget (AEB) funding. There was a £63m underspend in the AEB in the last academic year and we’d like to see this r…


Five foundations of character education

Five foundations of character education Damian Hinds has demonstrated his vision for five foundations to build character at the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference and how he plans to take this forward. Character Educa…


NCFE learner is Finalist for BAFTA Young Game Designers Award

NCFE learner is Finalist for BAFTA Young Game Designers Award A student at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Pavanjot Town, was honoured in this year’s BAFTA awards in the Young Game Designers category after gaining skills in NCFE Interactive…


An opportunity to tackle mental health

An opportunity to tackle mental health that is not to be missed With worrying statistics about young peoples’ and teachers’ mental health continually reported in the media, we believe that the introduction of compulsory requirements for Health Educa…


Is social media causing depression amongst young people?

In response to a recent BBC report regarding the link between social media and mental health issues amongst young people, NCFE work experience student Kathryn Bradbeer, 17, explores the issue further.


Tips for Teachers: are you ready for statutory RSHE?

Tips for Teachers: are you ready for statutory RSHE? Jan Lever, CEO, Jigsaw PSHE With requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) becoming compulsory from September 2020, many teachers will find themselves teaching this content a…


Use a qualification to meet your career guidance duties

We’re committed to helping schools meet their career guidance duties by developing solutions for employability skills development that meet the expectations of employers.




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