Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of the depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment.
Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only.
All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example, a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit.