Units are the building blocks of all qualifications. Ofqual maintains the Register of Regulated Qualifications and Awarding Organisations like AIA, can place units in the databank. Once units are in the databank, they may be used to build rules of combination.
Awarding Organisations subsequently use agreed rules of combination to develop qualifications and submit these for accreditation. At this point the units included in the qualification are made available to learners and the qualification is offered for use. The Awarding Organisation is responsible for carrying out assessments of units and awarding credits and qualifications.
AIA UNITS IN THE QCF
AIA has 19 units in the QCF databank, and these can be taken as stand-alone units (except where rules of combination apply), or combined to create one of three qualifications. All units offered by AIA are assessed by written exam in English. Further information about your options can be found in the QCF Student Guide.
RULES OF COMBINATION
You are required to:
- Undertake Unit 5 jointly with Unit 6
- Undertake Unit 7 jointly with Unit 8
- Undertake Unit 11 jointly with Unit 12
You can chose to take any of the AIA units in the QCF as stand-alone units, as long as you are registered with the QCF and meet the entry requirements for units at that level.
For example, a Student holding a Level 6 qualification could choose to take AIA Unit 13: Business Management Principles for Accountants and Unit 17: Financial Management with an International Perspective.
AIA tests the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of each unit and joint units by a three-hour written exam in English.