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V Certs

V Certs are vocational equivalents to GCSEs and count towards the Open Group of your Progress 8 measures. Designed in collaboration with employers and practitioners, they empower your pupils with industry-relevant skills and knowledge appropriate to a range of growing sectors, giving them a taste of what it’s like to complete real-world tasks and projects.  

Our V Certs are designed to fit seamlessly into your KS4 curriculum. We assess pupils using project-based non-exam assessments, as well as external examinations, to give them the opportunity to achieve based on their skills as well as their knowledge.  

Why choose V Certs? 

1. At NCFE, we specialise in vocational education and so we really care about giving you all of the support and resources you need to make V Certs a success in your school. 

2. Our V Certs are designed with just two assessments – both of which take place in the certificating year – to ensure you have as much teaching time as possible before summative assessments begin. 

3. Our V Certs are structured in a very similar way to GCSEs, and were designed this way so that they fit easily within the rest of your curriculum.

Support

We’re here to support you every step of the way and provide a range of tools to help you get off to a flying start:  

1. Free classroom packs containing ready-to-go teaching and learning materials 

2. “Prep to Teach” events led by our Provider Development team 

3. Regular subject-specific teacher continuing professional development (CPD) sessions

5 Things To Know About Our New And Improved V Certs
Our 14 - 16 schools offer 

Allowing pupils to explore and experience different forms of education will give them a solid base to understand their own strengths, skills and talents, and make the right choices about which path to follow. We’ll support you in creating a programme that boosts each pupil’s potential and drives results across your school. 

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What’s changed?

Download our handy document to see what’s changed from the current V Cert model.

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The power of vocational education

Kevin Rumary, Associate Assistant Principal at Ormiston Rivers Academy and Doctoral Researcher, on the benefits of choosing vocational qualifications.

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5 things to know about our new V Certs

A summary of the key things you need to know about them – including the main similarities and differences between V Certs and GCSEs.

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Mandatory RSHE

Our RSHE qualifications are mapped to government guidance to help you meet Ofsted expectations.

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V Cert Prepare for First Teach events

We are hitting the road this summer to offer a series of face-to-face training sessions to prepare you for your first time teaching the new V Cert qualifications.  

Led by our Provider Development Team, each hands-on session will help teachers and assessors to feel more confident about the delivery and assessment of the new V Certs.  

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Business and Enterprise / Food and Cookery

This event is to help teachers and assessors prepare for the delivery and assessment of the new Level 1/2 Technical Award V Cert qualification in Business and Enterprise and Food and Cookery. It will provide an overview of the qualification including exploration of the specification and teaching content, as well as the assessment processes and timelines, and the quality assurance process. There will be a summary of the resources available to providers and identification of the support that is available from the Provider Development Team. It will also include the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the new qualification 

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Business and Enterprise / Food and Cookery) Newcastle PvD0956

14/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Quorum Business Park, Newcastle

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First Teach Event (Business and Enterprise / Food and Cookery) Manchester PvD0955

28/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Manchester

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Business and Enterprise / Food and Cookery) London PvD0954

07/07/2022

9:30 – 4:30

London

Venue TBC

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Child Development and Care in the Early Years CACHE / Health and Social Care CACHE

This event is to help teachers and assessors prepare for the delivery and assessment of the new Level 1/2 Technical Award V Cert qualification in Child Development and Care in the Early Years CACHE / Health and Social Care CACHE. It will provide an overview of the qualification including exploration of the specification and teaching content, as well as the assessment processes and timelines, and the quality assurance process. There will be a summary of the resources available to providers and identification of the support that is available from the Provider Development Team. It will also include the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the new qualification.

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Child Dev / Health & Soc Care) Newcastle PvD0935

16/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Quorum Business Park, Newcastle

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Child Dev / Health & Soc Care) London PvD0936

21/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

London

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Child Dev / Health & Soc Care) Manchester PvD0934

22/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Manchester

Venue TBC

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Creative Design and Production / Graphic Design / Interactive Media / Music Technology

This event is to help teachers and assessors prepare for the delivery and assessment of the new Level 1/2 Technical Award V Cert qualification in Creative Design and Production, Graphic Design, Interactive Media and Music Technology. It will provide an overview of the qualification including exploration of the specification and teaching content, as well as the assessment processes and timelines, and the quality assurance process. There will be a summary of the resources available to providers and identification of the support that is available from the Provider Development Team. It will also include the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the new qualification.

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V-Cert First Teach (Creative Design & Production / Graphic Design / Interactive Media / Music Technology) LDN PvD0936

05/07/2022

9:30 – 4:30

London

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach (Creative Design & Production / Graphic Design / Interactive Media / Music Technology) MCR PvD0938

06/07/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Manchester

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach (Creative Design & Production / Graphic Design / Interactive Media / Music Technology) NCL PvD0937

07/07/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Quorum Business Park, Newcastle

 

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Engineering

This event is to help teachers and assessors prepare for the delivery and assessment of the new Level 1/2 Technical Award V Cert qualification in Engineering. It will provide an overview of the qualification including exploration of the specification and teaching content, as well as the assessment processes and timelines, and the quality assurance process. There will be a summary of the resources available to providers and identification of the support that is available from the Provider Development Team. It will also include the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the new qualification.

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Engineering) Manchester PvD0943

14/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Manchester

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Engineering) London PvD0944

21/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

London

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach Event (Engineering) Newcastle  PvD0942

28/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Quorum Business Park, Newcastle

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Sports Studies / Health and Fitness

This event is to help teachers and assessors prepare for the delivery and assessment of the new Level 1/2 Technical Award V Cert qualification in Sports Studies / Health and Fitness. It will provide an overview of the qualification including exploration of the specification and teaching content, as well as the assessment processes and timelines, and the quality assurance process. There will be a summary of the resources available to providers and identification of the support that is available from the Provider Development Team. It will also include the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the new qualification.

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Location

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V-Cert First Teach (Sports Studies / Health & Fitness) Newcastle PvD0941

22/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Quorum Business Park, Newcastle

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V-Cert First Teach (Sports Studies / Health & Fitness) Manchester PvD0940

29/06/2022

9:30 – 4:30

Manchester

Venue TBC

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V-Cert First Teach (Sports Studies / Health & Fitness) London PvD0939

05/07/2022

9:30 – 4:30

London

Venue TBC

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