Further information regarding application of QCF Level 5 criteria

We have applied the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications descriptor for Level 5 FHEQ: foundation degree as we believe this provides an appropriate framework for setting out how we will meet the requirements of Level 5. We have lifted the QCF descriptors as relevant in each section.

The course matches this descriptor in the following terms:

Knowledge and critical understanding of well-established principles in the area of study (QCF: Has practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to find ways forward in broadly defined, complex contexts; can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas; is aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work):

  • Input and testing of levels of knowledge competence for CIM mediators in relation to:
    • Theoretical frameworks set out at A1, i-iv.
    • Relevant Law and legislation in private law children’s matters A2, i-iii
    • Understanding and application of process A3, i-vii.

Attendees will be tested and assessed via set assignments and projects related to these areas of knowledge and application in practice with a view to having demonstrated and evidenced their ability to have met the required knowledge competencies.

Ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including the application of those principles in an employment context (QCF: Determine, adapt and use appropriate methods, cognitive and practical skills to address broadly defined, complex problems. Use relevant research or development to inform action):

  • Input through presentation, practical demonstration through discussion groups, experiential exercises and role play in relation to:
    • Performance skills as are set out at B1, i-vi and B2 i-x

Attendees will be assessed throughout the course on their contribution and performance and will have opportunities for discussions with trainers as to their progress. Attendees must be able to demonstrate/evidence through individual performance their ability to have met required competencies at ‘readiness to practice’ levels.

Knowledge and main methods of enquiry in the subjects relevant to the course and an ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study (QCF: Evaluate actions, methods and results):

  • Exercises, discussion groups and role play during the course designed to test critical thinking skills
  • Post course assignments designed to test critical evaluation and appropriate problem-solving from a range of set case scenarios

Part of the course assessment will include post course assignments which will be assessed as part of overall course performance. Attendees must be able to have demonstrated their ability to critically evaluate both knowledge and application of a range of problem-solving approaches.

An understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge (QCF: Can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas, is aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work):

  • The post-course assignment is intended to provide reflection by attendees on their own knowledge and where they may have gaps or limits
  • Attendees are required to keep a log of personal reflections during the course and which is directly related to the individual competencies.
  • The log includes a requirement to self-assess competence and to identify those areas where they may require further learning or support

Attendees will be assessed on their overall course performance, their own self-reflection and the assessment of the trainers as to their competence before successfully completing their course. Attendees will be expected to have demonstrated a critical evaluation of their own learning and performance and to identify those areas where they have any further learning or support needs and how they intend to approach their future learning.