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Home > The Authority > About the Authority > Authority Meetings > 2008 Authority Meetings > Summary 6 August 2008 > Item 2.1.1


Subject

Building Connections


Purpose

To seek accreditation under s55ZI of the TQA Act 2003 of the course Building Connections submitted by the Hobart City Council.


Decision

The Authority
  1. Accredited the course 'Building Connections' submitted by the Hobart City Council (HCC) for a period of five years to August 4, 2013 (size : 8, complexity level: preliminary; robustness 3).
  2. For the period of accreditation, a person providing this course and meeting its quality assurance arrangements
    - may use the TQA logo, together with the words 'Accredited by the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority' on advertising material directly related to the course and on any statement attesting to satisfactory completion of the course; and
    - must provide to the TQA, within one month of issue, the details of all course participants who receive a statement or certificate attesting to satisfactory completion of the course.
  3. Determined its priority for the development of additional criteria to be considered in the accreditation of other education courses.



Background

The Tasmanian Qualifications Authority Act 2003, under Part 4A Other Education, makes provision for the accreditation of 'other education' courses.

Section 3 of the Act, defines other education as "education obtained by a person after the completion of those years of schooling that the person is required by law to attend -
(a) including but not limited to adult education, community education and education specifically designed for a person with a disability; but
(b) excluding senior secondary education, vocational education and training and higher education.

In determining whether or not to accredit an other education course, the Authority is to have regard to -
(a) the aims and learning outcomes of the course; and
(b) the processes provided, or proposed to be provided, by the applicant in respect of quality assurance; and
(c) the delivery and assessment methods used, or proposed to be used, in respect of the course, or to be provided; and
(d) any other matter the Authority considers relevant.

The Authority may determine the period of accreditation for any period up to 5 years.

The Act (55ZM) prescribes that "If a person successfully completes an accredited other education course provided by another person, that other person, by written statement or otherwise, must recognise that completion by the conferral or issue of the approved qualification for the course".


Current Situation

A course titled 'Building Connections' has been submitted by the Hobart City Council (HCC) for accreditation under Part 4A of the TQA Act. A copy of the course is attached.

The course is based around a federally funded program, Connections, which assists young people who have become disconnected from mainstream schooling and supports them to re-engage in education, training or employment. The primary focus is on developing skills and behaviours that support young people in successfully participating in education and training.

Learning outcomes include very basic literacy and numeracy skills together with dealing with conflict situations by using acceptable actions and interacting with others in a way that contributes to sustaining positive relationships.

The course would be delivered by qualified HCC youth / social work staff based out of the HCC Youth Action Resource Centre (Youth ARC).

The assessment of the course objectives is done using a set of broad-ranging skill statements against which students are required to provide evidence. The evidence needs to be in the form of responses to set tasks AND through a personal development profile which includes both self-assessment and initial / final evaluations against the course objectives by a course facilitator or case-worker.

Assessment records for all participants would be retained for a period of at least 5 years. The TQA may audit those records at any time to ensure the assessments covered the full range of course objectives at the described level of complexity.

Completion of the course will be acknowledged at either a 'preliminary' or an 'achievement' level.
The course has the following ratings in terms of size, complexity, robustness:

CriterionValue
Size8
Complexity levelPreliminary (below TQA level 1)
Robustness3




Issues

  1. This is the first such application received by the Authority.
  2. This report covers the matters the Authority must, under the Act, have regard to. There are no additional matters considered. In future, the Authority may wish to develop a broader range of criteria.
  3. This course reaches a complexity level lower than TQA level 1. Achievement of a satisfactory level achievement of the course therefore does not contribute any credit points towards the participation standard of the (new) TCE.
  4. Accreditation of the course does not confer responsibility on the Authority for its review or renewal at the end of the accreditation period.
  5. It is recommended that the Authority determine that a provider who complies with the quality assurance requirements
    - may use the TQA logo, together with the words 'Accredited by the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority' on advertising material directly related to the course and on any statement or certificate attesting to satisfactory completion of the course;
    - must provide to the Authority, within one month of issue, the details of all course participants who receive a statement or certificate attesting to satisfactory completion of the course.
  6. Information about achievement in this course will be entered into the TQA's qualifications data store and can subsequently appear on a person's Qualifications Certificate.



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