Qualification & Assessment Strategies

Sector Qualifications Strategy

SummitSkills has developed a Sector Qualifications Strategy that outlines and examines solutions and recommendations that could enhance the sector’s business performance over the next 10 years.

QCF Consolidated Sector Assessment Strategy

The purpose of the SummitSkills QCF Consolidated Sector Assessment Strategy is to ensure that qualifications and associated units that attest to occupational competence in an identified role are;

  • Based on the relevant approved National Occupational Standards
  • Assessed to industry endorsed assessment principles and methodologies
  • Fit for purpose
  • Confirm occupational competence

The scope of this Assessment Strategy relates to the competence-based qualifications in the QCF with the term NVQ in the qualification title and any associated units for the principal industries in the building services sector of air conditioning, electrical and electronic servicing, electrotechnical installation and services, heating and ventilation, plumbing and refrigeration.

Changes to Electrotechnical Assessment Strategy 1st July 2016

After 1st July 2016 all students completing the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) 501/1605/8 or 501/2232/0 in England, Wales or Northern Ireland must show, as a minimum, acceptable installation evidence in the ‘real working environment’ of the following containment and cabling systems:

Containment Cabling
– Trunking Metallic          – PVC/PVC flat profile (Multicore)
– Trunking PVC  – Single and multicore thermoplastic
– Conduit Metallic  – Fire Resistant Cabling
– Conduit PVC  – SWA (Steel Wire Armoured)
– Cable Tray

Due to the reduction in the mandatory requirements from the original 18 (nine containment and nine cabling), and based on feedback from an industry survey on simulation in assessment, simulation of evidence will no longer be accepted.

For more information download: Assessment Requirements for Electrotechnical Competence-Based Qualifications

Guidance for assessment of Unit Learning Outcomes and Auditable Evidence Requirements

Download the Guidance for assessment of Unit Learning Outcomes and Auditable Evidence Requirements

Scotland – Consolidated Sector Assessment Strategy

The  SummitSkills 2015 Consolidated Assessment Strategy (Final v03) for Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Other Competence Based Qualifications for the Building Engineering Services Sector in
– Electrical Installation
– Domestic Plumbing & Heating

The scope of this Assessment Strategy relates to relevant SVQs and CBQs and any associated units for the principal industries in the Building Engineering Services sector of Electrical Installation, Domestic Plumbing and Heating, Heating and Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The full list of qualifications is provided in Annex 1. This Assessment Strategy outlines the principles and requirements to be applied to the assessment of knowledge, understanding, performance and/or competence for these qualifications and relevant associated units. Note: SVQ qualification structures are designed by directly using NOS as units of competence.

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