Recognise personal growth and engagement in learning
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The suite of qualifications in Personal Progress has been designed to address the needs of learners working at Entry 1 or below and in particular those with learning difficulties and disabilities. The qualifications ensure that all learners are given the same opportunities to access appropriate and relevant education and improve their life chances.
The qualifications have been developed to enable the achievements of learners working at Entry 1 (a level previously known as pre-Entry and excluded from national qualification frameworks) to be recognised. The qualifications follow the agreed Rules of Combination across all awarding bodies for qualifications at this level and with these titles.
Achievement is reported against the 10 stage Entry 1 achievement continuum which was developed by QCA as part of the trial of the Personal Progress qualifications in 2009. This continuum allows learners to demonstrate very small steps of progress and enables providers to differentiate between the levels of achievement of learners working within Entry 1.
Since 2009 the Personal Progress qualifications have been used successfully by providers with learners with a range of complex needs to recognise highly individualised achievements in areas of personal significance to learners (including, for example, self-advocacy, independent travel and communication skills). This suite of qualifications is now established as the main vehicle for formally recognising the achievements of learners with the most complex needs.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve 37 credits in total. The credits can be taken from any combination of units within the qualification.
Due to the large number of units contained within this qualification we are unable to display them here. Please check the qualification specification for a full unit listing and then search for the unit title in the unit search to find more information about each unit.
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What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification has been designed for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, including those with the most complex needs, who are working within Entry 1, including at its very earliest stages.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers a range of skills, at a very basic level, relating to personal and social development, employability, communication, number and ICT, and learning skills. Units can be combined in any way enabling the recognition of highly individualised achievements in areas of personal significance to learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, including those with complex needs.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an award, certificate and diploma. The diploma will be most suitable for learners who need a broad programme over an extended period of time, including a wide range of different skills, in order to develop the independence and confidence they need to lead effective adult lives, either as employees, active citizens or both. The diploma is appropriate for those learners who are unlikely to progress vertically beyond Entry 1, because of the nature of their learning disability, and who are working entirely within this level in all areas of their programme. The diploma allows them to progress laterally, widening their skill set across different aspects of learning.
Progression & Entry RequirementsThere are no age restrictions for this qualification and no prior learning requirements. Some learners will be able to make vertical progression to other Gateway Qualifications’ Entry level qualifications, including personal and social development, preparation for employment and skills for independent living. For other learners, whose cognitive impairment will prevent them from progressing up the levels, the qualification will prepare them for further non-accredited learning relating to independence and autonomy and for becoming active citizens within their own communities. The qualification can also support progression into a supported internship.
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