This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2020 and the certification end date is 31/07/2021.
Recognise personal growth and engagement in learning
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The qualifications provide an opportunity to recognise the transferable skills learners develop through actively engaging in their own learning programme. They are focused on those skills which will support a learner’s personal growth and increase their independence in adult life, including areas such as independent travel, self-advocacy, personal safety and developing relationships.
Notice of Qualification Withdrawal
This qualification is being withdrawn as it is being superseded by a new Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In Personal and Social Skills (Entry 3) qualification.
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31st July 2020 and the certification end date is 31st July 2021.
Please ensure that any information on the qualification held by your centre is updated. If you have any questions about this matter please do not hesitate to contact QualDev@gatewayqualifications.org.uk.
If you wish to gain approval for the new Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Certificate In Personal and Social Skills (Entry 2) qualification, please contact us.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete 6 credits from Group O1 Personal and Social Skills.
Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.
Being Part of a Group
Being a Householder
Contributing to the Community
Dealing with Problems
Direct Own Support
Exercise as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
Participate in a Sport or Active Leisure Activity
Preparing to Participate in a Sport or Active Leisure Activity
Rights and Responsibilities
Using Social and Leisure Facilities
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 need a structured programme of learning to support their personal and social development.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification includes a broad range of skills which will support a learner’s personal growth and increase their independence in adult life, including areas such as independent travel, self-advocacy, personal safety and developing relationships. 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 the future, in line with the aims of the SEND reforms.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma in Personal and Social Skills. The Award is designed to meet the needs of learners, including those on 16-19/25 study programmes, who need a small amount of accredited learning focused on personal and social development within a broader learning programme. It is particularly suitable for learners, such as those on the autistic spectrum, who may be operating at a much higher level in other areas (e.g. academic subjects) but who need to target specific areas of personal development.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is not intended to lead directly to employment, although for the small numbers who may progress into a (supported) entry-level job role, the skills covered will be of use in any employment context.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress from this qualification to qualifications focused on developing employability skills such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills. For some learners, where a lack of personal and social skills has previously been a barrier to progression in their learning, once this has been addressed, a wide range of further learning options may become available to them.
Progression & Entry RequirementsLearners 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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