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Key Facts

Level:
Entry Level 1
Subject Sector:
14.2 Preparation for Work
Credits:
26
Qualification No:
603/4390/4
GLH:
260 hours
Total qualification time:
260 hours
Price:
£105.50 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 Preparation for Employment qualifications, available at Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3, are focused on the skills which will help learners prepare for employment, whether paid or voluntary, open or supported.  They also include content to improve learners’ general awareness of the world of work, as well as their understanding of some specific sectors.

    They can be used to maximise learning on work placement or as part of a supported internship, as well as within classroom or community-based learning designed to help learners move towards employment.

    These qualifications have been developed as part of a coherent suite designed to recognise the achievements of learners working at Entry level, as they prepare for employment, independent living, further learning or adult life in general.  The suite also includes qualifications with the following titles:

    • Skills for Active Learners
    • Making Support Work
    • Personal and Social Skills
    • Preparation for Employment
    • Enterprise
    • Skills for Independent Living.

    All the qualifications in the Entry level suite are designed to enable maximum flexibility, combining units at different levels and offering a wide range of choice, so that the curriculum can be led by the learners’ needs, accommodating the spiky profiles typical of learners at this level.  Learning outcomes and assessment criteria are written in such a way that centres have the freedom to determine their own approach to teaching and learning, as well as the most appropriate form of assessment and type of evidence.  In this way, the qualifications can be used to underpin person-centred programmes.

    Preparation for Employment – 2019

    This qualification was developed in 2019 to update our Entry level suite of qualifications. It will replace the older LEGACY: Gateway Qualifications Entry level Extended Certificate in Preparation for Employment (Entry 1) qualification. The two versions of the qualification will run in parallel until 31st July 2020.

    If you are running Preparation for Employment 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 Extended Certificate in Preparation for Employment (Entry 1).

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete 26 credits of which a minimum of 16 credits must be at E1 remaining credits can be achieved at or above the level of the qualification.


    Units

    Employability Skills

    Learners must complete 26 credits of which a minimum of 16 credits must be at E1 remaining credits can be achieved at or above the level of the qualification.

    Applying for jobs

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Applying for Jobs

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/9658
    Click here to view full unit details

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4047
    Click here to view full unit details

    Applying for jobs

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/5092
    Click here to view full unit details
    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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    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Communication skills for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/5042
    Click here to view full unit details

    Communication skills for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/5093
    Click here to view full unit details
    Completing a workplace task

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Completing a workplace task

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/617/4790
    Click here to view full unit details

    Completing a workplace task

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/617/4557
    Click here to view full unit details

    Contributing to workplace tasks

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/5044
    Click here to view full unit details
    Conduct at work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Conduct and personal presentation for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/5043
    Click here to view full unit details

    Conduct and personal presentation for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/5094
    Click here to view full unit details

    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/4070
    Click here to view full unit details
    Dealing with work-related problems

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Dealing with Work-related Problems

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/504/9660
    Click here to view full unit details

    Dealing with work-related problems

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/617/5110
    Click here to view full unit details

    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4143
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4958
    Click here to view full unit details

    Digital skills for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/4957
    Click here to view full unit details
    Direct own support in the workplace

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Direct own support in the workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4791
    Click here to view full unit details

    Direct own support in the workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4792
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    Exploring the world of work

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Exploring the world of work

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4813
    Click here to view full unit details

    Understanding the world of work

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/617/5115
    Click here to view full unit details

    Understanding the world of work

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/617/5116
    Click here to view full unit details
    Finding jobs

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Finding jobs

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/4814
    Click here to view full unit details

    Finding jobs

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/5107
    Click here to view full unit details

    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4131
    Click here to view full unit details
    Following Instructions

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Following Instructions

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4093
    Click here to view full unit details

    Following Instructions

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/5103
    Click here to view full unit details

    Following instructions

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/5045
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    Independent Travel

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Independent travel

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4427
    Click here to view full unit details

    Independent travel

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/617/4569
    Click here to view full unit details

    Independent travel

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    J/617/4570
    Click here to view full unit details
    Interview skills

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/5046
    Click here to view full unit details

    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/5104
    Click here to view full unit details

    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4099
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    Making choices

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Making choices

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/617/4434
    Click here to view full unit details

    Making choices

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/617/4575
    Click here to view full unit details

    Making choices

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    K/617/4576
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Making the most of work placement

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/617/5049
    Click here to view full unit details

    Making the most of work placement

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/5105
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Negotiation skills

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4579
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Numeracy skills for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/5090
    Click here to view full unit details

    Numeracy skills for work

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    L/617/5106
    Click here to view full unit details
    Presenting information about self to an employer

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Presenting information about self to an employer

    Level:
    Entry 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4815
    Click here to view full unit details

    Presenting information about self to an employer

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/5108
    Click here to view full unit details
    Reviewing and reflecting on own progress towards employment

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Reviewing and reflecting on own progress towards employment

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/4793
    Click here to view full unit details

    Reviewing and reflecting on own progress towards employment

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4794
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    Setting work-related targets

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Setting Work-related Targets

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/504/9664
    Click here to view full unit details

    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4138
    Click here to view full unit details

    Setting work-related targets

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/617/5109
    Click here to view full unit details
    Speaking up for yourself

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Self-advocacy

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4587
    Click here to view full unit details

    Speaking up for yourself

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    K/617/4478
    Click here to view full unit details

    Speaking up for yourself

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/617/4586
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details
    Understanding self in an employability context

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Understanding self in an employability context

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/617/4795
    Click here to view full unit details

    Understanding self in an employability context

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/617/4796
    Click here to view full unit details
    Using tools or equipment in the workplace

    Learners may chose 1 unit from this group.

    Using tools or equipment in the workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4797
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    Using tools or equipment in the workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/617/4798
    Click here to view full unit details
    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Working in a team

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4816
    Click here to view full unit details

    Working in a team

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/5117
    Click here to view full unit details
    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:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/5091
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    Working safely

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/617/5118
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    Working with customers

    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Working with Customers

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/9659
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    Working with customers

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/5095
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    Working with others in the workplace

    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Working with Others in the Workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/504/9710
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    Working with others in the workplace

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/5235
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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?

    This qualification is primarily aimed at learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities or with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND), including those with complex needs, who are keen to get a job but first need a structured programme of learning to support their understanding of the world of work and the development of employability skills in preparation for supported employment.


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

    This qualification includes a broad range of skills which will support learners to develop the generic employability skills needed in most jobs, including areas 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 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 and Extended Certificate in Preparation for Employment. The Extended Certificate is designed to meet the needs of learners, who would benefit from an extended course with a primary focus on employability skills. The size of the qualification means that for for full-time learners including those on 16-19 study programmes, there is still space in their programme for other types of learning, including, for example, English and Maths, work experience, or personal and social development, including unaccredited provision.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    This qualification supports progression to supported employment opportunities across a number of sectors.


    What are the progression options?

    Learners can progress from this qualification to further Entry level learning in the area of employability skills, including, for example, the Gateway Qualifications Entry level Certificate in Preparation for Employment (Entry 2).


    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.

    Funding information

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