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Key information for delivering CeFE

We wanted to alert you to some news about our Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE). You may have noticed that CeFE has so far not been included in the Technical Award Performance Tables 2020, published by the Department for Education.

The DfE has asked us to make some changes to CeFE and resubmit it. The changes relate to the assessment approach - we’ve been asked to use less multiple choice assessment and so we have reformed the assessment approach accordingly.

We are confident we will receive confirmation of its inclusion in the Technical Awards Performance Tables 2020 in July.

Performance tables information

The below information has been provided to support centres with information on which of our qualifications have been approved by the Department of Education (DfE) and that count towards Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 performance tables.

Qualification definitions

Tech Awards (TA) – Key Stage 4

Technical awards are high quality level 1 and 2 qualifications that provide 14 to 16 year olds with applied knowledge and practical skills. They offer a robust and challenging learning experience for pupils motivated by hands-on technical content and support Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

Applied Generals (AG) – Key Stage 5

Applied General qualifications are level 3 qualifications for post-16 students who want to continue their education through applied learning and have an intention to progress to higher education. Applied Generals also carry UCAS points.

Our qualifications included in performance tables

Level

Qualification Number

Type

Title

UCAS Points

2018 Performance tables

2019 Performance tables

2020 Performance tables

2

601 / 1329 / 6

Tech Level

Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE)

N/A

Approved

Approved

Pending Resubmission Approval*

3

600 / 8537 / X

Applied General

Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS)

YES

Approved

Approved

Approved

3

600 / 8551 / 4

Applied General

Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS)

YES

Approved

Approved

Approved

*If the updated Level 2 qualification is approved, this will be available to students from the 2018/19 academic year

We will keep you updated as soon as we hear from the DfE.

  • The changes relate to assessment, not the content of the qualification.
  • The Department for Education wants us to use less multiple choice assessment and we have reformed the assessment approach accordingly.
 

  • The changes relate to assessment, not the content of the qualification, and the core content of this qualification will remain unchanged.
  • The Department for Education has given us clear direction on the changes we need to make and we have already resubmitted the qualification for reconsideration.
 

  • We’re confident that this qualification will be included in the Technical Award Performance Tables for 2020/22.
  • We expect to receive confirmation in July 2018.
 

  • We’re confident that this qualification will be included in the Technical Award Performance Tables for 2020.
  • We expect to receive confirmation of that in July.
  • However, if schools want to accelerate delivery of the qualification to ensure students complete it in 2018/19, we will support that.
 

  • Resits for qualifications taken during the 2017/2018 and 2018/19 academic years won’t be affected.
 

We submit qualifications to the DfE in windows for approval for first teaching to start the following September. The list can be updated throughout the year.

We can only submit qualifications for approval up to two years in advance, so that when a qualification goes live for first teaching, it can only be approved for the performance tables two years later.

For example, if we submitted a qualification in December 2017 to the DfE for approval, this will be for first teaching in September 2018 and appear on the performance tables in 2020.

After the submission window has closed, we generally find out if our submission has been successful before the next submission window opens.

When we are first informed about our submissions and whether they have been successful, the information is often embargoed to allow a short time period to appeal any decisions. Following this period, the embargo is lifted and this is usually when the DfE make the performance tables announcements to the public. If for any reason our submissions have not been approved by the DfE, we are provided with feedback on the amendments required and we can resubmit the qualification in the next submission window.

The Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE) counts towards the Progress 8 measure. This qualification is included in the 14-16 Technical Awards performance tables (confirmed for 2018/19) and has been resubmitted to be included in the 2020 performance tables.