Welcome to the NAFD Funeral Directing DipFD
Welcome to the NAFD Funeral Directing DipFD. We are delighted that you have chosen to study with the NAFD, on one of our gold standard sector leading training programmes. We are committed to creating the best opportunity for you to fulfil your goal of achieving a qualification in Funeral Directing, awarded by the NAFD.
The NAFD DipFD training 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 NAFD Funeral Directing 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 DipFD training programme is made up of 4 Modules which are broken down into 12 individual Units, contained in the separate sections below. Each unit has its own content and you need to understand the learning outcomes and methods of assessment relevant to each unit. The learning 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 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 learning 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 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 for assessment during the Viva-Voce examination.
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, totalling 45 Portfolio of Evidence requirements.
- 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.
- 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 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.