Beat The Jargon

Advanced Apprenticeship
A Level 3 Apprenticeship; equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels.

Apprenticeship
A Government-funded programme with on-the-job experience and college-based study, allowing you to earn while you learn.

Assessment
A way of judging how you have learned, at exams, practicals, multiple choice tests etc.

Block Release
Attending college for days or weeks at a time as part of your Apprenticeship.

Day Release
Attending college for one day per week as part of your Apprenticeship.

DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)
To complete some Apprenticeships, we need to make sure you haven’t got any past criminal convictions or ASBOs. An example would be Childcare; you cannot complete an Apprenticeship if you have a criminal record.

Degree Apprenticeship
An Apprentice is employed full-time for between 1 and 6 years while studying for a degree at a partner university.

‘Find an Apprenticeship’
The gov.uk system which allows you to search and apply for any Apprenticeship across the country.

Framework
The current model for Apprenticeships, to be replaced by ‘standards’ by 2020.

Functional Skills
Covers Maths, English and ICT. Often studied as part of a course if you haven’t gained the relevant GCSE pass grades (7-4).

Higher Apprenticeship
An Apprenticeship at Level 4 or above.

Initial Assessment
A simple test to assess the current level at which you are working.

Intermediate Apprenticeship
A Level 2 Apprenticeship; equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades 7-4.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
Another term for a library, a place where you can study and find information. You can borrow books, DVDs, journals and magazines relevant to your course and use college computers to work, access e-resources and undertake internet research.

Literacy
Another term for English.

Levy
Some large companies pay into an ‘Apprenticeship Levy’ for Apprenticeship training, meaning they are more likely to employ an Apprentice.

Numeracy
Another term for Maths.

Pass, Merit, Distinction
The grades given to the units on BTEC qualifications. Distinction is the highest, followed by Merit, then Pass.

Practical Assessment
A way of assessing the ‘hands on’ skills you have learned on your course. For example, you may be asked to run a coaching session, if you study a Sports course, for which you will be judged and given a score or mark.

Standards
The new model for Apprenticeships; based on specific job roles such as ‘Adult Care Worker’ rather than industries.

Training Provider
The organisation who provides the Apprenticeship qualification outside of your workplace. This is also where your assessor will work.

Unit or Module
A course is normally made up of a number of specific units or modules that will focus on one subject area, all of which need to be completed in order to gain the qualification. For example, you may study Marketing as part of a Business course.