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VTCT has created a new range of teaching and learning resources for the SP3D6 VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF).

The new resources are designed to help tutors in the delivery of the qualification and range from schemes of work for individual units to quick quizzes and PowerPoint presentations.

The resources are available in the Linx2Exchange area of the VTCT website which can be accessed by clicking on 'Linx2' in the top right hand corner of the website and logging in.

We plan to create further resources for other qualifications in the near future.

If you would like any further information or need any guidance finding the resources please contact our Customer Support Team via +44 (0) 23 8068 4500 or customersupport@vtct.org.uk.



New issue of VTCT News out now!

The latest issue of VTCT News is now available, to view it click here. The Spring 2016 edition is bursting with interesting features from our sectors as well as industry and centre news.

If you have an article or an idea you would like to submit for the magazine contact communications@vtct.org.uk - we would love to hear from you!



VTCT, Vocational Training Charitable Trust, is pleased to announce it has appointed Alan Woods OBE, to succeed Dr Stephen Vickers, as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1 January 2016.

VTCT is a Government-approved awarding organisation which has awarded world class qualifications since 1962 and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom ever since. Its full qualification package includes Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport, Active Health & Fitness, Hospitality, Business & Retail and Learning & Development.

Alan arrives after leading on Apprenticeships and Vocational Education with the University of Law (ULaw) for the past 18 months. During his period with the University, Alan has developed innovative new apprenticeship schemes and developed new partnerships with leading Further Education and 6th Form Colleges. Prior to working with ULaw he led Skills for Justice (as Group Chief Executive). Skills for Justice is a Sector Skills Council (SSC) licensed by the Government to work with employers on competences, skills and apprenticeships.

With more than 800 approved centres, VTCT has an ever expanding list of centres throughout the UK, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Kenya, India and South Africa. VTCT is a charitable organisation and its main activity as an awarding body is also its first charitable objective; to develop and provide high quality education and qualifications for the service industries.

Chris Laws, Chair of VTCT, said: "We've signalled our intention to develop the scope and reach of VTCT. Alan's appointment as our new CEO is a key next stage for us, as we engage with new employers and potential partners, as well as delivering the best services we can to existing employers and education providers. He brings a wealth of knowledge to VTCT in skills development and we are looking forward to him leading the staff of VTCT and delivering the strategy of the Board of Trustees. I would also like to pay tribute to his predecessor Stephen Vickers, who after his retirement will continue to work in Assessment across the EU, for the work he has done in leading VTCT to this new stage of its development. Stephen will be supporting Alan, until February as he takes up the reins.”

Commenting on his appointment, Alan Woods said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as VTCT’s new CEO as it develops its ambition to be the Awarding Organisation of choice for learners and employers. I am particularly looking forward to leading, with a great set of staff colleagues at VTCT, on new areas of work including: on-line assessments; working with employers to engage with new, higher and more bespoke qualifications; new partnerships with education providers and centres to develop outstanding Technical centres of excellence, particularly within Hair and Beauty Therapy, and to support the ambition of our employers to support the apprenticeship revolution that is sweeping the UK.”



The 2017 Key Stage 4 and 16 to 19 Performance Tables were published today (10 December). VTCT is pleased to announce a record number of our qualifications have been accepted for inclusion. A full list of the VTCT Qualifications included can be found by clicking here.

Highlights

Key Stage 4

16-19 Technical Certificates at Level 2

16-19 Technical level qualifications at Level 3 

  • VTCT has three qualifications included in the Sport and Active Leisure category, including being the only awarding organisation to have an injury management qualification included (VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF))
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Hairdressing category than any other awarding organisation, including NVQs in Hairdressing and  Barbering
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Beauty category than any other awarding organisation.
  • VTCT has more qualifications included in the Cookery category than any other awarding organisation.
  • A new category has been introduced, Police Service and VTCT is the only awarding organisation offering a qualification in this category (VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preparation for the Police Service (QCF))

 

 

 

 



VTCT has launched Linx2Learn, it’s exclusive e-learning platform which facilitates the learning, development and support of qualifications. The first products launched include on-line courses covering the prevention of contact dermatitis and food hygiene. Both courses are easy to use and take leaners through fun and interactive ways of learning. At the end of the course, learners sit a multiple-choice test that, if passed, can be printed out and used as evidence in their portfolios for the qualifications VTCT Level 2 Award in Preventing Contact Dermatitis (QCF) and VTCT Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) respectively.

In association with the British Barbering Association (BBA) VTCT  has also produced a programme of 14 video clips that demonstrate the fundamental barbering skills in an exceptionally clear format using blocks which relate to the way in which learners are taught the basic skills prior to progressing to the salon.

All products can be purchased on line and full details can be found on the Linx2Learn page of our website.



Hair Council Student of the Year

Hair Council – UK Student of the Year Awards 2015 - The competition for trainees who are serious about hairdressing.

Do you think you’ve trained the UK’s top hairdressing student? Why not nominate them for the Hair Council’s UK Student of the Year Award 2015. Learners need to create a finished look and submit two photos of their model. The Level 2 entrants will be asked to dress hair in a red carpet fashion and the Level 3 will be asked to cut and blow dry an innovative style of their choice.

For full details Click Here for an Entry Pack



VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques (QCF)

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques (QCF) is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails. This qualification aims to enable you to enhance the ranges of services and techniques offered to nail services clients.  

This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment. Click here to see a copy of the Record of Assessment book. 



At VTCT we are committed to providing you with the most comprehensive portfolio of qualifications for our sectors. We are pleased to announce that from 1 August 2014 the selection of short courses listed below, ranging from 6 to 95 guided learning hours (GLH) will be available at low prices to VTCT centres. These qualifications are perfect for summer school programmes, inductions, enrichment, CPD or to run alongside and complement your existing programme of study.

VTCT Level 1 Award in Internet Safety (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Award in Equality and Diversity (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Equality and Diversity (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Award in Environmental Sustainability (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Environmental Sustainability (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Award in Developing Employability Skills (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Developing Employability Skills (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (QCF)

VTCT Level 1 Award in Understanding Personal Finance (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Understanding Personal Finance (QCF)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work  (QCF) (HSE Approved)

VTCT Level 2 Award in Features of Preparing to Set Up a New Business (QCF)



Devising a Study Programme
VTCT has a comprehensive suite of qualifications that can be used to design exciting and rewarding Study Programmes. The backbone of a Study Programme is the substantial qualification which will typically make up at least half a programme. VTCT has a variety of qualifications that can be used as the substantial qualification in the following sectors:

  • Hairdressing & Barbering
  • Beauty Therapy, Nails & Spa
  • Sport & Active Leisure
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Customer Service
Please click here to view our substantial vocational qualifications. Some of VTCT’s qualifications feature in the Department for Education’s 2016 Level 3 Performance Tables for 16- to 19-year-olds in the Technical Level category. These have slightly lower guided learning hours (GLH) than other qualifications. Despite having a lower minimum GLH, this is exactly that, a minimum. You can select optional units to tailor qualifications which meet the needs of your learners and fit with your centre’s timetable. For example, a qualification with a minimum 350 GLH could be increased to 450 GLH with the addition of optional units - at no extra charge. 

As a centre devising Study Programmes you are advised not to feel constrained by qualifications included on the Performance Tables, the Department for Education states:

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, and in all cases should act as they judge to be in the best interests of their students.”
 
VTCT also provides a complete discounted Study Programme package which includes up to eight regulated qualifications for one fee. Click here to download our Study Programme brochure.
 
The New Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc)
Qualifications included in the Technical Level category of Performance Tables also count towards a new TechBacc performance measure. This will recognise the highest level of technical training achieved by students aged 16-19. To achieve the TechBacc, learners will need to obtain:
 
• an approved level 3 Technical Level qualification
• an approved level 3 mathematics qualification[1]
• the Extended Project Qualification.
  
For further information on the TechBacc or designing a Study Programme please contact the relevant VTCT Specialist Lead who as always, will be happy to help:
 
Hairdressing & Barbering – Lynda Whitehorn (lyndawhitehorn@vtct.org.uk)
 
Beauty Therapy, Nails & Spa – Carina Fagan (carinafagan@vtct.org.uk)
 
Sport & Active Leisure – Eileen Baron (eileenbaron@vtct.org.uk)
 
Hospitality & Catering – Tracay Mead (tracaymead@vtct.org.uk)

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-baccalaureate-measure-for-16-to-19-year-olds


VTCT Qualifications included in 2016 Performance Tables

On 16 December 2013, the Department for Education (DFE) published the 2016 KS4 and 16-19 Vocational Qualifications Performance Tables. VTCT is pleased to announce that we have a number of qualifications included for the first time.
Included in the 2016 KS4 Performance Table is the new AM20530 VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) (601/0556/2) which is aimed at learners with an interest if these areas, but is delivered as a vehicle to develop learners more broadly, so they are sufficiently prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career of any context.
The qualification has 120 guided learning hours and is structured as below:-
Mandatory Group - 2 units.
Unit Code
Unit Ref.
Unit Title
Level
GLH
F/505/5079
Understanding the hair and beauty sector
2
30
T/505/5080
Hair and beauty research project
2
30

 
Optional Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 2 units.

Unit Code
Unit Ref.
Unit Title
Level
GLH
A/505/5081
Enterprise in the hair and beauty sector
2
30
F/505/5082
Marketing hair and beauty products and services
2
30
J/505/5083
Hair and beauty science
2
30
L/505/5084
Responding to a hair and beauty design brief
2
30

This qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* and can be delivered from September 2014 for inclusion for first reporting in 2016 Performance Tables. The qualification will cost £41 per learner, with no requirement for the additional VTCT Lifetime registration fee.

Full details of this qualification, including the specification and sample assessment materials can be found on the VTCT Website (www.vtct.org.uk). Click on the Qualifications Tab and enter AM20530 in the Key Word area of the Qualification Finder.
To help you to understand how this qualification will count in the Key Stage 4 performance tables, VTCT has created the guide below.
 
Starts KS4
Qualifications available that count towards performance tables
Finishes KS4
Qualification reported in
GCSE equivalence
Autumn 2014
VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)
Summer 2016
2016 performance tables
1 GCSE – A* -G

 

VTCT has also had a series of technical level qualifications accepted to be included on the 16-19 2016 Performance Tables and these are listed below:-
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (QCF) (600/4846/3)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies (QCF) (600/8708/0)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies (QCF) (600/8709/2)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in African Caribbean Hairdressing (QCF) (500/8737/X)
VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage) (QCF) (600/8664/6)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy Studies (QCF) (600/8663/4)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up Studies (QCF) (600/8761/4)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies (QCF) (600/8908/8)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (Make-Up) (QCF) (600/8665/8)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery (QCF) (600/48058/0)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder) (QCF) (600/4804/9)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery (QCF) (600/4803/7)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Food and Beverage Service Supervision (QCF) (600/4806/2)
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF) (600/8635/X)
These qualifications are designed to fit the Study Programme model and can be delivered from September 2014 for inclusion for first reporting in 2016 Performance Tables. Full details of all these qualifications can be found on the VTCT Website (www.vtct.org.uk). Please remember that VTCT has a range of other qualifications that will compliment these in programmes of study and further develop the employability and progression opportunities of learners.

For more information on the 2016 Performance Tables, please click here

From September 2014, qualifications in hairdressing services, beauty therapy services and hair and beauty services for all awarding organisations (i.e. VTCT, C&G, Pearson etc) will no longer carry 14-16 performance points. The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) will be the only qualification in the sector that is the same size as a GCSE and carries the same amount of performance points.