Beat the Jargon

Apprenticeships:

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.

Police Check:

To enrol on some courses, we need to make sure you haven’t got any past criminal convictions or ASBOs. An example would be Childcare where you cannot complete a placement if you have a criminal record.

Enrolment:

When you come to college to enrol on a particular course or courses.

Extended Project Qualification:

An optional qualification that can be studied in the final year of an ‘A’ Level / Extended Diploma programme to boost UCAS points.

Functional Skills:

Covers Maths, English and ICT (computer skills). Often studied as part of a course if you haven’t gained the relevant GCSE pass grades (A-C).

Initial Assessment:

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

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.

Linear ‘A’ Levels:

The Government is introducing new linear 'A' Levels nationally, with all assessments now at the end of two years of study for certain subjects.

Literacy:

Another term for English.

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.

Portfolio of Work:

Evidence of what you have learned and achieved on your course. This could be written work, photographs, charts or reviews.

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.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA):

The age to which young people are required to stay in education or training is 18 years of age.

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 Photography as part of an Art and Design course, or Marketing as part of a Business course.

Vocational Qualification:

A way of learning more about a specific job or industry. A vocational course will prepare you for a particular career or careers within an industry, eg. Joinery, Engineering, Fashion, Childcare etc.

Work-Related Learning:

Learning topics that are specific to a job type. For example, learning how to create a presentation on a Business Administration course would be a skill you might use if you were employed as an Administrator.