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Key Facts

Level:
Entry Level 3
Subject Sector:
14.2 Preparation for Work
Credits:
6
Qualification No:
603/4230/4
GLH:
45 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Price:
£29.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for employment

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The Gateway Qualifications suite of Employability Skills qualifications have been developed at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 as Awards and Certificates.

    The qualifications offer the generic transferable employability skills needed for employment such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving. The qualifications are designed to enable a learner either to progress directly into employment or into learning at a higher level as part of a progression pathway towards employment in a specific sector. They have been designed to complement learning in specific sectors where there is a need for the learner to obtain additional employability skills alongside sector-specific skills.

    The revised suite of employability qualifications build on our popular existing qualifications. Following consultations with centres we have made some minor changes to ensure that the units remain fit for purpose and support progression. In particular we are keen to facilitate the embedding of units to make it easier to deliver holistic programmes of learning in different contexts. We have also added new units that reflect employer requirements.

    These qualifications have a stronger focus on skills where evidence of a learner’s ability to do something takes priority over evidencing underpinning knowledge. However, the units include guidance on coverage of underpinning knowledge in the teaching and learning of a unit. There is also the addition of new units that reflect skills that are deemed essential by employers for example “Negotiation Skills”.

     

    Employability Skills pre-2019

    This qualification was developed in 2019 to update our Employability Skills suite. It will replace the older LEGACY: Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In Employability Skills (Entry 3) qualification. The two versions of the qualification will run in parallel until 31st July 2020.

    If you are running Employability Skills please double check that you are registering and claiming on the correct version. If you have any queries about which version you are approved for, please contact us.

    For information about the older version of the qualification, please visit LEGACY: Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In Employability Skills (Entry 3).

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete a minimum of 6 credits of which 4 credits must be at Entry Level 3.

    The units have been clustered according to subject content. All units are optional. Units can be selected from any of the groups or from a single group where there are sufficient credits.

    Learners cannot include more than one unit with the same title (e.g. a learner may not include Entry 3 Interview Skills and Level 1 Interview Skills).


    Units

    Group A – Skills, attitudes and behaviours that support employability

    Learners may complete up to 6 credits from this group.

    Conduct at Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/4070
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    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4071
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    Customer Service Skills

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Customer service skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4073
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    Customer service skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4074
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4094
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4095
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    Negotiation Skills

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Negotiation Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/617/4108
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    Negotiation Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4107
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    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/4134
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    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/617/4133
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    Setting and Meeting Targets at Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4138
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    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4137
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    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4143
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    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/4142
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    Time Management

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Time Management

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/617/4146
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    Time Management

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4145
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    Working in a Team

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4152
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4151
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    Working Safely

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Working Safely

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    T/617/4127
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    Working Safely

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    H/617/4124
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    Working with Colleagues

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4155
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    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4154
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    Group B – Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

    Learners may complete up to 6 credits from this group.

    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/504/6299
    Click here to view full unit details

    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6262
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6249
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6260
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/504/6248
    Click here to view full unit details

    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/6258
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/6902
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6915
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    Group C – Basic Skills in a Work Context

    Learners may complete 6 credits from this group.

    Communication Skills for Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Communication Skills for Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/617/4080
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    Communication skills for work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4081
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    Digital Skills for Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/617/4158
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    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/617/4157
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    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4149
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    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4148
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    Group D – Exploring Career Options and Career-Planning

    Learners may complete up to 6 credits from this group.

    Career Planning

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Career Planning

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/4061
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4064
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/617/4087
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4088
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4090
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4091
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4102
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/4101
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    Making the Most of Work Placement

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Making the Most of Work Placement

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4103
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    Making the Most of Work Placement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4104
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    Group E – Searching and Applying for Jobs

    Learners may complete up to 6 credits from this group.

    Applying for a Job

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4047
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    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4059
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    Interview Skills

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4099
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    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4098
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    Searching for a Job

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4131
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4130
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    Internal Quality Assessor Requirements

    DCS status for centres previously approved to offer the legacy version of this qualification can retain DCS status for this qualification subject to ongoing maintaining standards through external quality assurance monitoring.


    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The Gateway Qualifications suite of Employability Skills qualifications have been developed at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

    The qualifications offer the generic transferrable employability skills needed for employment such as Working in a Team, Communication Skills for Work.

    Learners have a free choice of units. This is to ensure that their learning programmes can be tailored to suit their individual needs

    The qualifications are designed to enable a learner either to progress directly into employment or into learning at a higher level as part of a progression pathway towards employment in a specific sector. They have been designed to complement learning in specific sectors where there is a need for the learner to obtain additional employability skills alongside sector-specific skills.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    This qualification has a choice of units that focus on employability skills that are needed in the workplace such as working with customers, managing their time, problem-solving and getting on with colleagues.

    There are no mandatory units, enabling learners and providers to work together to select units appropriate to the individual’s needs, interests and aspirations for employment.


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    There is a Gateway Qualifications Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate in Employability Skills. The Award is designed to meet the needs of learners who would benefit from a short accredited programme focused on employability skills. It can provide a useful structure for the ‘work preparation training’ component of a traineeship where initial assessment has identified the need for a trainee to focus on employability skills, particularly where the lack of these is seen as a key barrier to gaining work.

    This qualification is exclusively focused on helping learners develop the transferable skills essential for employment. There is also a suite of Entry 3 Preparation for Employment qualifications which include these same skills but, in addition, support learners to broaden their understanding of the world of work and the different options open to them and to develop some of the life skills, such as independent travel, that they will need in order to access employment.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    This qualification supports progression to entry-level job roles across sectors.


    Which job roles does this qualification support?

    This qualification supports progression to entry-level job roles across sectors.


    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.

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