Approach to assessment and awarding vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) in 2021


Latest guidance

To find the latest detail on our approach and the full list of qualifications by category, please click here.

What does this mean for centres delivering IMI qualifications? 

The following visual outlines the approach for how the different qualifications are being awarded in 2021.

It is important to stress that Government policy is that learners should continue to take assessments wherever possible, either face-to-face (where safe to do so) or via remote means.

Where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be available to support learners achieve their qualifications.

These arrangements will vary according to the types of qualification and how they are delivered and assessed, falling into either one of two categories within the VCRF:

Category A Qualifications used to demonstrate occupational or professional competence or act as a licence to practise.
Approach to assessment Adaptations/flexibilities already introduced can continue under the VCRF; further adaptations may be permitted if they are necessary to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
Approach to awarding Results can only be awarded when assessments have taken place, either as normal or through an adaptation.
In terms of IMI qualifications This will be VRQ/VCQs Levels 2/3+ and any high health and safety risk qualifications.


Category B Qualifications that are important for progression to further/higher study or employment.
Approach to assessment: Assessments should continue where safe to do so, remotely or in person but may be awarded using other evidence or judgements where learners cannot access an assessment.
Approach to awarding: Results may be awarded when not all assessments have taken place through the use of teacher/assessor judgement (Teacher Assessed Grades).
In terms of IMI qualifications This will most likely be our Technical Awards, Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications.

Timeframes and further information

We are committed to supporting centres and learners throughout this time, and have already been hosting a number of webinars to advise on best practice and flexibilities within assessment delivery. 

Further information on how TAG’s will be determined and the minimum amount of evidence needed to support an award, will be released in due course.

Our External Quality Assurance Team are on hand to support you through this.  Please also keep an eye on our news page for all of the latest information.