Learner FAQs

How do I find out about AIM Awards courses?

AIM Awards qualifications are offered globally through many different learning providers, for example colleges, schools, private training providers etc. You can ring any local learning provider to request their course information, or alternatively contact us on 01332 341822 where we will let you know which providers in your area offer the qualification(s).

What is a unit?

A unit is a set of learning outcomes with associated criteria. A learner will be assessed against the criteria. If they achieve all the criteria they will achieve the unit. A unit is assigned a number of credits, which describes the amount of learning, and a credit level which describes the level of the learning.

What is the difference between a unit and a qualification?

All qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) are made up of units. A unit is a set of learning outcomes and criteria that a learner is assessed against. When all the criteria have been met, the learner is said to have achieved the unit. If the learner achieves a set of units that make up a qualification and have fulfilled any other requirements of the qualification, then they will achieve the full qualification.

What are levels?

The level of the learning you undertake is similar to the level of study needed for other courses and UK wide recognised qualifications. A credit is a way of measuring, recognising and valuing your learning.

The level, given on the certificate for each unit you have achieved, shows the stage you have reached in your learning:

Entry Level

Qualifications and units at Entry Level provides a basis for progression to other qualifications

Level One

This is comparable to working at NVQ Level 1, GCSEs D-G and Foundation Diploma

Level Two

This is comparable to working at NVQ Level 2, GCSE’s A* to C and Higher Diploma

Level Three

This is comparable to working at NVQ Level 3, A and AS Levels, Advanced Diploma

Level Four and above

This is comparable to higher education qualifications such as a first degree through to PhD at level eight.

Please note these are not straight forward equivalences to other qualifications but it does explain the level at which you have studied and achieved.

What are credits?

Credits are a way of measuring learning. A credit is based on a nominal 10 hours of learning but this does not mean that you have to spend 10 hours learning as some people can do it in less and for others, it may take more.

How will my learning be assessed?

Your tutor will tell you more about how your learning is to be assessed. On most courses, the tutor or trainer assesses your work as you go along and this does not involve exams. For example, the coursework you produce, such as computer printouts, paintings or projects, will show you and your tutor what you have learnt.

What do I do if it goes wrong?

The first thing to do is talk to your tutors or student services if there is one within your learner provider. They may be able to help you with problems in your studies, or advise you how to find further help. If you have a problem with the tutor or training provider, the centre will have a procedure you must follow to resolve it.

AIM Awards do not normally get involved in problems between centres and learners. If however the problem is related to the conduct of assessment and is not resolved, then it may under certain circumstances be referred to AIM Awards but only once the centres internal processes have been exhausted.