A1.5 The difference between technical, higher technical and professional occupations in health, healthcare science and science, as defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education occupational maps

Qualification: T Level Technical Qualification in Health
Unit: Core
Learning outcome: A1: Working within the health and science sector
Assessment criteria: A1.5 The difference between technical, higher technical and professional occupations in health, healthcare science and science, as defined by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education occupational maps

  • The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education describes their role as: “A key element of our work is supporting employer groups in the development of the apprenticeships. We maintain the occupational maps which underpin all technical education. We develop, approve, review and revise apprenticeships and technical qualifications with employers. This includes responsibility for T Levels delivery and for implementing an approval process for higher technical qualifications.
  • They categorise the levels of qualifications as:
    • Level 1: GCSEs Grades 3-1, Level 1 NVQ
    • Level 2: GCSE Grades 9-4, Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma
    • Level 3: A Levels, AS Levels, T Levels, Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma
    • Level 4: HNC, Level 4 Apprenticeship
    • Level 5: Foundation Degree, Level 5 Apprenticeship, HND
    • Level 6: Degree
    • Level 7: Masters
    • Level 8: Doctorate
  • Technical qualifications are entry-level qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 (e.g. Care Worker)
  • Higher Technical qualifications require more skills and experience and are at Levels 4 and 5 (e.g. Lead Care Worker)
  • Professional qualifications are degree-level (Level 6+) qualifications (e.g. Nurse)

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