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Association of Colleges

Glossary

Adult Advancement and Careers Service (formerly ACS)

AAT

Association of Accounting Technicians

AAV

Annual Assessment Visit

ABE

Adult Basic Education

Awdurdod Cymwysterau Cwricwlwm ac Asesu Cymru/Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales - is the body responsible in Wales for regulating external qualifications and keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum for compulsory school age pupils in maintained schools.

Association of Colleges for the Eastern Region. ACER represents all 36 Further Education, Tertiary, Sixth Form and Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges in the East of England.

Association for ICT in Education

ACL

Adult and Community Learning

ACM

Association of College Management

Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education

ACS

Advancement and Careers Service (for adults)

The Association of Directors of Children's Services

Adult Financial Literacy Advisory Group

ADS

Adult Dyslexia Support

AE

Adult Education

AEA

Advanced Extension Award introduced for first examination in 2002 as part of Curriculum 2000 reforms

ALF

Average Level of Funding

ALI

Adult Learning Inspectorate

ALM

Adults Learning Mathematics

ALP

Association of Learning Providers

ALT

Association of Learning Technology

Association of Northern Ireland Colleges

AO

Awarding Organisation

AoC

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. As such, we aim to be the authoritative voice of Colleges based on credible analysis, research, advocacy and consultation with Colleges and the first choice destination for guidance and advice for members. AoC was established in 1996 by Colleges themselves as a voice for further education and higher education delivered in Colleges at national and regional level. Our membership includes General and Tertiary Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and Specialist Colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

AoN

Application of Number, the Numeracy qualification from the key skills suite, available at levels 1 to 4 in the National Qualifications Framework

Accreditation of prior experiential learning

APL

Accreditation of prior learning

AQA

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, one of the three unitary awarding bodies in England. Came into existence in April 2000 following the merger of the Associated Examining Board and the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board.

ARG

Assessment Reform Group

Introduced for first teaching from September 2000, GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as the first stage in an A level course.

AST

Advanced Skills Teacher - teachers who are deemed 'excellent' in a range of skills in which they train colleagues.

Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education