Oxbridge offers recognition, accreditation and validation of work-based learning assessments. An award gives a reliable indication of an individual learner’s knowledge, skills or understanding and is only awarded to a learner who has demonstrated that they have a specified level of attainment through a reliable assessment method. A certificate naming the qualification is awarded to successful learners.
A qualification sets out what an individual needs to know or be able to do in order to be given (awarded) that qualification. Most vocational qualifications are made up of several units of learning, each one covering a specific area or topic. In some qualifications, particularly the smaller ones, a learner may have to do all the units to get the qualification. In most vocational qualifications some of these units will be required units (mandatory) and there will be a number of other units to choose from (optional). These are sometimes also called ‘Electives’.
Each unit has several statements that set out what the learner needs to know or be able to do. These are called the learning outcomes and they are checked (assessed) in several different ways. It might involve an online test, an observation of what the learner is doing, a written assignment, project work, an exam or compiling a portfolio of evidence demonstrating what the learner knows or can do.
Qualifications are respected by learners, employers, further and higher education institutions and professional bodies. Awarding bodies are responsible for ensuring that the quality of their qualifications is maintained at a high level.
Quality assurance is built-in for the life of a qualification. As they are writing a qualification, an awarding body must check with teachers, subject specialists, employers and others. Before it is sent to the regulator, the awarding body must make sure that the qualification meets certain technical rules for employers and others who recognize the qualification.
The assessments are crucial to the quality of the qualification and need to be rigorously checked. If the awarding body writes and arranges the assessment, for example, an examination, they will have several internal checks. The examiners marking the exams will have their marking checked by senior subject experts and staff in the awarding body.
Most vocational qualifications are assessed by the staff in the school, college or training provider (i.e. the Centre) where a learner is studying. The awarding body will check that these assessment decisions are correct in a few ways. One of the most common ways is for the awarding body to appoint a subject expert to visit the centre or learning provider.
Level 1: Basic Certificate
Level 2: Intermediate (TVET) Certificate
Level 3: Advanced Certificate
Level 4: Diploma
Level 5: Higher Diploma
Level 6: Graduate Diploma
Level 7: Postgraduate Diploma/Professional Certificate
Level 8: Doctorate
Level 9: Post Doctoral Research
The good news is that there are a number of these programs and they are being offered as certificates or diplomas by our Institutional Learning Provider members from around the world
If you are looking to start a new career, take up further studies, or enhance your current job, there is a wide list of work-based learnings to select from. We recognize most professional, vocational and technical knowledge and skill areas.
If you wish to be considered for any of the above membership awards, please complete and submit an RPL/APEL application form, which can be downloaded from the section, JOIN US.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) AND EXISTING QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
As Oxbridge doesn’t do any teaching and is more a member award body, part of our method for assessing the level of award, is in our application process using the RPL/APEL approach. This enables applicants to use their existing qualifications and experience towards achieving the desired award level.