AIM is a Quality Assurance and Accreditation organisation offering accreditation services and high quality, flexible, credit based units of assessment that are quality assured to national standards. AIM also provide our external verification.
The Training Framework
A unit within the Credit Framework is defined as 'a coherent set of learning outcomes'.
'Learning outcomes' describe those things which a learner is expected to know, understand or do on completion of a process of learning.
All units within AIM accredited programmes are represented in terms of:
- a title
- learning outcomes
- assessment criteria
Through the process of accreditation, AIM will determine for each unit its credit value and level within the National Credit Framework.
Within the Credit Framework, a quite specific definition of 'credit' has been developed: A credit is awarded for those outcomes which a learner, on average, might reasonably be expected to achieve in a notional 10 hours of learning.
This definition of credit is also used by AIM to ascribe credit value to a unit. Credit value therefore defines the number of credits a learner may achieve through the successful completion of a unit within the Credit Framework.
There are four levels prior to Higher Education. These are called:
- Entry Level
- Level One
- Level Two
- Level Three
These levels relate to all learning achievements and each unit has a particular level within the credit framework.
The levels have the following descriptors:
- Entry Level
The acquisition of a limited range of basic skills, knowledge and understanding in highly structured and self-referenced contexts which permit the identification of progression from the learner's point of entry to the learning process.
OneThe acquisition of a foundation of competences, knowledge and understanding in a limited range of predictable and structured contexts that prepare the learner to progress to further achievements.
- Level Two
The acquisition of a broader range of competences, knowledge and understanding which demonstrate the extension of previous abilities in less predictable and structured contexts and prepare the learner to progress to further achievements.
- Level Three
The acquisition of a more complex range of competences, knowledge and understanding in contexts which develop autonomous, analytical and critical abilities that prepare the learner to progress to further independent achievements.
The following chart illustrates the approximate equivalences between credit framework levels and other forms of measuring achievement.
NVQ Level 4 equivalent – Higher Education Certificate/BTEC.
|Level Three||NVQ3||GNVQ Advanced||A Level|
|Level Two||NVQ2||GNVQ Intermediate||GCSE A* - C|
|Level One||NVQ2||GNVQ Foundation||GCSE D - G|
How does IFDCollege training fit into AIM?
IFD College have been approved to offer accredited units since 2007 and currently offers 15 units of accredited training in Funeral Practice. Our AIM centre number is 400024.
The accredited units are as follows:
|AIM Unit Code||Unit Name||Level||Credit Value|
|QG1/2/EA/009||Applying Health & Safety Legislation and Manual Handling Techniques||2||3|
|QG1/1/EA/004||Safety and Infection Control for Funeral Staff||1||1|
|QG1/1/EA/002||Understanding First Contact and Measuring Procedures||1||1|
|QG1/1/EA/001||Understanding Identification, Viewing and Personal Effects||1||1|
|QG1/2/EA/008||Transportation and Care of the Body after Death||2||6|
|QG1/2/EA/006||Understanding Coffin and Casket Finishing||2||3|
|QG1/2/EA/004||Vehicle Maintenance, Cortege Driving and Chauffeuring Skills||2||6|
|QG1/2/EA/007||Understanding Pall bearing, Handling Floral Tributes and Funeral Procedures||2||6|
|QG1/3/EA/004||Taking Funeral Instructions from a Client||3||6|
|QG1/3/EA/006||Understanding Death Registration, HM Coroner Procurator Fiscal and Repatriations||3||6|
|QG1/3/EA/003||Understanding Burial and Cremation Law||3||3|
|QG1/2/EA/003||Funeral Administration Procedures||2||6|
|QG1/2/EA/001||Understanding Grief, Bereavement and Funeral Planning||2||3|
|QG1/2/EA/002||Understanding Customer Care within the Funeral Service||2||3|
|QG1/3/EA/005||Arranging Infant and Child Funerals||3||6|
|QG1/4/EA/007||Delivering Customer Service Excellence in the Funeral Sector||4||2|
|QG1/4/EA/006||Leading, Managing and Motivating People||4||3|
|QG1/4/EA/008||Managing Care after Death||4||4|
|QG1/4/EA/004||Understanding the Function and Responsibilities of the Modern Funeral Director||4||6|