Welcome to the L4 NAFD Higher Funeral Directing Programme
We are delighted that you have chosen to study with the NAFD, on one of our gold standard sector leading programmes. We are committed to creating the best opportunity for you to fulfill your goal of completing an externally recognised Funeral Directing education programme, awarded by the NAFD and One Awards.
The Level 4 NAFD Higher Funeral Directing Programme is ideal for candidates aspiring to become a Funeral Director or wanting to improve their existing skills and knowledge in Funeral Directing.
This training programme has been designed for you to learn about theory and workplace practice; to think about and further develop your existing knowledge and skills, and to focus on how you are able to apply your knowledge and skills within your own workplace.
The aims of the assessment methods for the L4 DipFD are to:
- Develop the breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills of students employed within a funeral directing capacity, or other related role.
- Enable adequate training of registered students to quality approved national qualification standards in Funeral Directing.
- Enable assessment of registered students to ensure they have acquired adequate knowledge, understanding and mastery of the required knowledge and skills associated with funeral directing.
The L4 DipFD training programme is made up of 12 individual units, contained in the separate sections below. Each unit has its own content, and you need to understand the learning outcomes and assessment outcomes relevant to each unit. The assessment outcomes advise what you need ‘to know’ and ‘what you need to be able to do’ – in other words, provide evidence of, what you need to demonstrate etc, throughout the course of your learning and for final assessment. You can also access this information in your L4 DipFD Syllabus.
Preparing Completion of your Portfolio of Evidence
More detailed information on your Portfolio of Evidence can be found in the Student Handbook or from your tutor.
For each unit, you should refer to the assessment outcomes of that unit and the activities required to complete the Portfolio of Evidence.
The following notes suggest ways for you to plan, organise and construct your reports.
In most cases, the tutors and examiners are looking for clarity of knowledge and responses to the particular criteria in terms of how the funeral directing theory, is translated to business practice within your own place of work.
Please ensure you utilise this student learning material and access the recommended additional resources throughout the duration of your learning.
Work with your tutor to think about what the criteria for the activities require, and how to provide evidence based on your own workplace and your own experiences. The examiners will be looking for evidence of understanding, application and the wider implications to many of the tasks a Funeral Director becomes involved with.
As students you must be aware to use your own words and experiences when writing the reports. This does not mean that you cannot consult with other students, but you must not attempt to copy any other student’s work. Your portfolio of evidence must be reflective of your own knowledge and workplace activities.
Ensure you are aware of answering the specific question asked. Examiners will expect specific answers.
By the time you are preparing for your final examinations, written English and Maths should be accurate. If weaknesses persist, you should work with your tutor towards improvement prior to registering for the examinations.
Following completion of the Portfolio of Evidence, you should ensure you check for and correct spelling and grammatical errors, prior to upload.
Preparation and Presentation of the Portfolio of Evidence
You will need to complete all of the activities in each unit for the Portfolio of Evidence.
Materials must be typed using the NAFD Portfolio of Evidence templates. One template has been developed for each activity in each unit.
The heading of the portfolio should contain your name and student number.
All pages must be consecutively numbered.
The completed portfolio must be dated to confirm your own work and include a total word count.
Each completed activity for the Portfolio of Evidence should be uploaded to the relevant Unit below using the naming convention Forename_Surname_Unitno.ActivityNo.doc, e.g. John_Smith_Unit1Activity1.doc.
Online Proof of Learning Exercises
As you progress through the L4 DipFD, under the guidance of your NAFD Approved Tutor, you will be required to complete a series of proof of learning exercises at the end of each unit. The questions in the proof of learning exercise are based on the content of each unit and consist of a range of question types. You will be required to complete the online questions at the end of each unit, which will then be reviewed and marked by your tutor. You are unable to proceed to the next unit until you have successfully answered all questions in each unit. The aim of the proof of learning exercises is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the content in each unit.
The proof of learning exercises will be presented in a range of the following question types:
Multiple Choice: There will be a question followed by a number of choices of which you need to choose the correct answer.
Free Choice: You will be required to provide one word or multiple word answers to a question. You can provide a range of different worded answers which could be correct.
Sorting: You will be given a question and will then be required to drag your answers to match the field next to them.
Open Ended: These are free-form open ended questions where you can type any answer and add as much or as little information as you choose.
Please find a full copy of the L4 NAFD Higher Funeral Directing Programme Learning Material here.
This handbook has been designed for NAFD Tutors delivering the NAFD DipFD, to provide an overview of the course syllabus, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and administrative procedures for the programme.
The student handbook provides new DipFD students with information on the course syllabus, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and administrative procedures for the programme.
This handbook has been designed for employers supporting their employees through the DipFD. It provides information on the syllabus and how they can provide support.
The DipFD syllabus provides a summary of the content of the DipFD including modules and units, learning and assessment outcomes.
Deferral Request Form
The student must complete this form and send it to the NAFD at firstname.lastname@example.org, if they wish to defer their studies during their two-year period of registration.
Individual Development Plan Guidance
This document provides guidance on creating and completing an Individual Development Plan.
Notification of Withdrawal from Student
If the student wishes to permanently withdraw from their NAFD studies, they need to complete this form and send it to the NAFD at email@example.com
Registered Student Feedback
Students are encouraged to complete this form to provide feedback to the NAFD following completion of their studies.
Registered Student Learning Agreement
Tutors should complete this form in conjunction with their student, following initial assessment and induction.
Student Initial Self-Assessment
Students are required to complete an initial self-assessment, using this form, before they start their studies with their tutor.
Suggested NAFD Tutor-Student Contract
A template for a recommended Tutor-Student Contract.
Additional Tutor Information
Please upload your individual lesson plans, schemes of work, presentations or additional learning materials here.