NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4

NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4

National Certificates (NCs) are practical qualifications designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including Core Skills) required for further study or to gain employment.

The NC Army Preparation SCQF level 4 will develop knowledge and skills in map reading and land navigation, accident and emergency procedures, team working, exercise, fitness and sports. Successful achievement also leads to the learner being certificated for four Core Skills.

National Certificates (NCs) are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

The NC in Army Preparation is primarily designed for learners interested in entering a career with the army. It also opens up the possibility of continued study for candidates. The qualification provides an opportunity to achieve for someone whose strengths are not well suited to conventional schooling and who might have had low confidence and motivation.

Successful achievement leads to the candidate being certificated for four Core Skills, and will leave them in a better position to make an informed choice about a career in the army.

Access

No formal entry qualifications are required. Access to the NC will be at the discretion of the centre. It is open to all learners who have a reasonable chance of achievement.

Employment and progression

Learners may progress from the level 4 NC in Army Preparation to a range of qualifications at level 4 and above — for example, the NC in Sport and Fitness at SCQF level 5 or employment.  The award includes Core Skills and transferable skills, which would be suitable for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Qualification structure

Group Award code: GM21 44 (72 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 4

National Certificate in Army Preparation at SCQF level 4 GM21 44 (433 KB)

The National Certificate in Army Preparation requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (36 SCQF credit points), 6 SCQF credit points from the restricted mandatory section plus optional units totalling 30 SCQF credit points).

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This Group Award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The finishing date for this qualification is 31 July 2019.

Group Award code:G970 44 (72 SCQF credit points)

NC Army Preparation at SCQF level 4

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary - NC Army Preparation

Structure

The NC comprises six mandatory Units and up to seven optional Units.

 

Mandatory Units

Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures — F5FK 10
Communication — F3GB 10
Numeracy — F3GF 10
Information and Communication Technology — F3GC 10
Map Reading and Land Navigation — F5FH 11
Assist with an Event — F5FJ 10

The Course framework includes the Unit, Fitness for the Army (F5FL 10), which meets the Army’s minimum entry requirements for physical fitness. Since not all candidates will choose a career in the Army, it is possible to certify the Group Award without achieving this Unit. Candidates not selecting this Unit must complete the Exercise and Fitness Units (D677 11 and D678 11). The structure also allows candidates to take all three Units if desired.

Other

The NC is mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GM21 44 (72 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 4

National Certificate in Army Preparation at SCQF level 4 GM21 44 (433 KB)

The National Certificate in Army Preparation requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (36 SCQF credit points), 6 SCQF credit points from the restricted mandatory section plus optional units totalling 30 SCQF credit points).

Unit search

This Group Award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The finishing date for this qualification is 31 July 2019.

Group Award code:G970 44 (72 SCQF credit points)

NC Army Preparation at SCQF level 4

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary - NC Army Preparation

Structure

The NC comprises six mandatory Units and up to seven optional Units.

 

Mandatory Units

Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures — F5FK 10
Communication — F3GB 10
Numeracy — F3GF 10
Information and Communication Technology — F3GC 10
Map Reading and Land Navigation — F5FH 11
Assist with an Event — F5FJ 10

The Course framework includes the Unit, Fitness for the Army (F5FL 10), which meets the Army’s minimum entry requirements for physical fitness. Since not all candidates will choose a career in the Army, it is possible to certify the Group Award without achieving this Unit. Candidates not selecting this Unit must complete the Exercise and Fitness Units (D677 11 and D678 11). The structure also allows candidates to take all three Units if desired.

Other

The NC is mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

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How to assess

Assessments are practical or task-based where possible. Aspects of some units, such as Accident Prevention and Emergency Procedures, and Map Reading and Land Navigation, may lend themselves to e-assessment.

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements/Assessment Criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) are available for selected units and can be found on SQA’s secure website.

There are many opportunities for integrative delivery of units within the award. Teaching and learning for communication and numeracy could, for example, be integrated with Map Reading and Land Navigation and/or Assist with an Event.

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