All of our qualifications are compiled by combining a number of learning components, generally called units or units of assessment, which build into a coherent qualification.
Each unit has a specified size, expressed in total and guided learning hours and credits. The number of units used, and hence the size of the qualification, can vary significantly depending on the rules of combination, the number of credits to be achieved and the needs of the particular curriculum area, sector or learner’s circumstances.
Gateway Qualifications’ provision spans a range of levels, based on national level descriptors, from entry level through to level eight.
Your Choice of Qualifications
As a recognised centre, you will decide which qualifications you wish to offer. Your offer will be developed through discussion with your Business Development Manager and will focus on the specific needs of your learners.
What is a Coherent Qualification Offer?
As a Gateway Qualifications recognised centre you will have considerable flexibility in using qualifications in ways which are meaningful to your particular learners’ needs, by using units as your building blocks. This flexibility applies to all of our qualifications. It is essential, therefore, that in using this flexibility you ensure that the resulting course or qualification is ‘coherent’.
In order for a qualification to be considered coherent, the following elements should be addressed:
- How does the qualification meet the needs of the target group?
- What entry requirements/skills are required to ensure that a learner will benefit from the qualification?
- What are the likely progression routes for learners and are these as wide as possible?
- What is the volume of learning and does this relate to the guided learning hours being proposed?
- Is it at the appropriate level(s)?
- Do the units combine in a meaningful way and do the learning outcomes relate to one another?
- Are the rules of combination (that is the rules by which the particular Qualification allows units to be combined) being adhered to? (Rules of combination for each Qualification are outlined in the specific Qualification Specification, available on the Gateway Qualifications website.)
- Can any units previously achieved be used to enable progression towards full achievement of the qualification?
In order to address the considerations above, Gateway Qualifications requires recognised centres, as part of their quality assurance system, to have in place a robust system for internal qualification approval. In this context, a robust system means that the centre can demonstrate that there is a process in place which answers all the above questions.