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

The Unit
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.

Level Descriptors
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.
  • Level
    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