This article will guide you through how to map the relevant criteria to each activity within a programme. When the programme was originally created, you would have selected the relevant standard or framework creating a list of all assessment outcomes or criteria for your programme. Signposting activities to the relevant criteria will help your trainers in terms of assuring them that they have met the relevant teaching aspects of the programme.
Please note that activities mapped against criteria have a direct impact on monitoring and reporting learner progress throughout the apprenticeship. For example, if a piece of criteria is mapped three times across three activities, the progress against this piece of criteria won’t show as complete until all three activities have been completed (or exempted).
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How to: Mapping to a Standard
It’s sometimes tempting to tick all the criteria for an activity such as an observation as you’re unsure of what your trainer will see. We would strongly recommend against this. It is a far better approach to tick nothing and allow your trainers to individually pick the relevant criteria when they complete the activity. They are more likely to spend longer unticking criteria if you tick everything.
Ticking all the criteria when you’re unsure will also mean that you can’t get a true reflection of learner progress. The criteria won’t show as complete until all the activities it is mapped against are complete. If you are still unsure of how mapping and learner progress are related, please contact your Account Manager for more information.
The following video covers the full process for mapping to a standard. If you would prefer to read through the process, the steps are detailed below the video:
How to Map Criteria - Written Steps:
1. In the “Configure Activities” section, ensure you have the appropriate activity you wish to map against selected. You can check this by the blue line highlighted on the left-hand side of the activity box:
2. Select the relevant behaviours/skills/knowledge (for standards in this case) from the drop-down that you feel the activity may cover. In the case of frameworks, it will be units – you can select multiple units per activity.
Within each behaviour/skill/knowledge, select the learning outcomes that you feel the activity may meet, this will help signpost your Trainer when mapping the activity. They will also have the option to see all the units/criteria if they have additional outcomes they feel the activity has met.
The example below for the Personal Development Plan has been mapped to the highlighted criteria:
3. Once you’ve gone through and mapped all the knowledge, skills and behaviours for that activity, make sure that you click “Save” otherwise you will lose what you have just done.
4. If you have selected any associated qualifications or functional skills for the programme, you can also map their criteria to the activities. In the examples below, we have used an Adult Care programme to demonstrate this.
For mapping qualifications, make sure the “Qualification” tab is selected in the “Programme criteria” section. You can then select the appropriate unit from the drop-down menu. Once in the correct unit, you then select the relevant performance criteria and then hit “Save”.
Please note, that if you have multiple qualifications linked to a programme, you will be able to select the relevant qualification from the drop-down menu and map it:
5. For functional skills, click on the “Functional Skills” tab in the “Programme Criteria” section. Select the appropriate functional skill from the first drop-down menu. In the second drop-down menu, select the relevant unit and performance criteria and then hit “Save” before moving on:
6. Complete this process for all your activities making sure that you have met all the criteria for all aspects of the programme. The “Gap Analysis” section discusses this topic in more detail.