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About Us Established in 1998, ABC Awards (ABC) is the result of combining more than 180 years of regional examination and assessment practices into one national Awarding Organisation. As a registered charity we are continuing the tradition of our founding organisations who were established by the sector to deliver useful and practical qualifications whilst offering exceptional support and ABC is proud to still be “owned” by the sector and working for the sector. ABC offers an outstanding range of vocational qualifications which reflect the skills that employers and centres look for in learners and employees. At ABC, we recognise the importance of continuing to offer not only a wide range and breadth of qualifications, but just as significantly, excellent customer support.

An Experienced and Knowledgeable Team Our friendly and responsive approach to customers means all our centres have access to a dedicated Qualification Administrator as well as unlimited access to a Business Development Manager who can answer any queries or concerns you might have. Our Moderators are all subject specialists and are chosen by us for their experience, knowledge and ability to support centres to deliver ABC’s qualifications successfully.

A Wide Range of Qualifications Our portfolio of more than 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications covers 14 sectors with qualifications to suit all ages and abilities. We have designed all ABC qualifications with the support of relevant stakeholders to make sure that they meet the needs of the current industries across the UK. This means that the qualifications are designed to give learners the skills needed to find employment, progress within education or enhance their skills in their current job role. We have more than 1200 centres with many tens of thousands of certificates being issued each year.

Recognised and valuable qualifications ABC Awards is a national Awarding Organisation providing qualifications regulated by Ofqual.

The Design Industry in the UK employs around 200,000 people in three main areas - product and industrial design, stage and set design and in communications. The Industry is relatively young and has a huge variety of talents valued by clients in the UK and abroad. Design can have a significant impact on business productivity, as well as addressing social and environmental issues and our world class creative skills could help give the UK a competitive edge in the world economy.

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Level 3 Awards, Certificates & Diplomas in Craft, Graphic Design, Spatial Design and Visual Art The development of specific technical and creative skills. With careers in interior Design, CAD, Film Making, Script Writing, Publishing, Advertising, Computer Games Design, Magazine production etc, on offer, learners can turn their creative and digital hobbies or enthusiasm into a career. Our Level 3 qualifications aim to develop the methodical and technical skills within specific areas that employers require to allow their business to compete and progress in their respective world.

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2D & 3D Materials Explosion Creative bookstructures Context and history of Art Pixel Based Image Manipulation Interior Concept Development Magazine and Publishing Design Fine Art Photography for Designers Visual Thinking

These qualifications are ideal for 16-19 year olds who are undertaking other vocational qualifications and wish to complete these programmes to acquire relevant skills and knowledge in the sector, as a foundation to employment and/or further education. Adults returning to education/training to support a career change would also find these qualifications a suitable route as well as those professionals wishing to re-skill and undertake vocational updating, leading to enhanced opportunities for career progression and diversification.

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Craft Bookbinding Colour Theory and Practice Printmaking 2D Design Software Vector Based Image Generation Screenprinting Skills CAD Modelling and Visualisation

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Aims • Provide specialist and transferable skills and knowledge, training and development • Provide opportunities to explore creative potential • Enable learners to engage with current industry practice and contextualise their learning • Develop a portfolio of skills and knowledge through incremental and individualised learning programmes • Encourage an evaluative approach to personal and professional development

What Next? Learners may wish to progress to further and higher education or training or into employment within the creative industries. Progression could be through to the ABC Awards Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.

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Levels 3 & 4 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Build on learners’ prior experience and provide a full understanding of the career opportunities in art, design and the media. Foundation programmes build on learners’ prior experience, linking skills already acquired, with ideas and challenges which will extend critical independence, and provide them with a full understanding of the career opportunities in the sector. Our Diplomas in Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media at Levels 3 and 4 introduce learners to qualifications that are very broad based, challenging and enriching. These Diplomas are designed to educate learners to make informed decisions, develop their skills, facilitating progression to Higher Education in the areas of Art, Design and Media, or into related employment.

Aims • Enhance capacity to acquire and develop those facilities and skills which lead to self reliant learning • Develop ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate the contemporary visual world and its broader cultural context • Develop ability in the methods of creative production • Develop understanding and awareness of the opportunities and demands of study in art, design and media • Provide a context in which learners can identify their strengths and ambitions through a progressive exploration of skills and concepts central to art, design and media practice • Develop informed awareness and understanding of the relationship between their strengths and ambitions and realisable goals within Higher Education or employment • Develop ability to take responsibility for the overall direction of work

What Next? Those Diplomas can provide progression to a named pathway in art, design or media in higher education or a chosen employment opportunity.

The ABC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Meda carries UCAS Tariff Points for entry to Higher Education. Distinction 285, Merit 225, Pass 165

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Level 4 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Business for Creative Practitioners Provide guidance on business operations and management within the creative industries. These qualifications are aimed at design graduates wishing to enhance and develop their own design business skills, management and employability within the creative industries. They also suit designers seeking to understand their clients’ business model. Learners will usually take this qualification after completing a course in higher education. An alternative to foundation degrees, the Level 4 is ideally suited to design graduates within the sector and those in the industry (CPD).

Aims To assist graduates and those in the industry who: • Wish to enhance and develop their design business skills • Want to develop their existing design business • Looking to advance their career opportunities within their organisation • Designers seeking to understand their clients’ business model

What Next? Achievement of ABC’s Level 4 Diploma in Business for Creative Practitioners could provide a solid foundation of supervisory and management skills supporting progression to higher levels of responsibility and opening up the possibility of entrepreneurial activities such as starting one’s own business.

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“We believe that the ABC qualification is a vital part of our curriculum. It is inclusive and provides a strong foundation for learner progression�

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ABC has no hidden fees or charges so the prices you see on our web site are the prices you actually pay. Our costs are inclusive of registration, certification and moderation fees. To assist with cost savings, ABC has frozen all charges for the year 2011-12.

Funding ABC Awards has endeavoured to provide signposting to funding eligibility but centres are advised that these are guides only and clarification from funding providers should be sought.

Resources Additional guidance and resources to support our qualifications is freely available to approved ABC centres.

How do I get more information?

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Published April 2012


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