What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is primarily aimed at learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND), who will benefit from a course that develops skills valuable in an employment context, through participating in enterprise activity. However, it is also relevant for learners working at Entry 3 for a number of other reasons, such as missed schooling or long-term unemployment, for whom improved enterprise skills and attitudes may strengthen their chances of gaining employment.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers the basic knowledge and skills needed to take part in enterprise activity, many of which which will also be valuable in other employment contexts (e.g. market research and selling skills). There are no mandatory units, enabling learners and providers to work together to select areas of learning appropriate to the individual’s needs, interests and aspirations for employment, in line with the aims of the SEND reforms.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is an Entry 3 Gateway Qualifications Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate in Enterprise. The Award is designed to meet the needs of learners for whom a small amount of accredited enterprise-focused learning is appropriate, whether as a stand-alone course for older learners or as part of a broader programme for 16-19/25 year olds on study programmes, who may wish to combine this small amount of accredited learning with a broader (and in some cases) unaccredited programme, tailored to their personal goals. For some trainees, the Award may form a useful part of the ‘work preparation training’ component of their traineeship where improved enterprise skills and attitudes will contribute to their employability.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification supports progression to entry-level job roles across sectors, including to supported employment.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress from this qualification to Level 1 learning in the area of Employability skills, including, for example, the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills or to sector-specific qualifications such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Retail.
Progression & Entry Requirements
Learners do not need any prior qualifications or specific level of attainment to take this qualification and it is available to learners of any age.