Prepare for employment
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
Qualifications in Progression are a flexible and responsive range of general and pre-vocational qualifications devised with the aim to progress learners into further learning and/or employment. They also contain many of the units from the popular Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-Up) qualifications so can be used in their place.
The qualification consist of a range of core units to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills in the areas such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, employability, learning to learn and personal development; plus a range of taster units in different sector specific areas providing opportunities for learners to test out their abilities and personal preferences before selecting a chosen career or employment route.
These qualifications will be of particular benefit to those learners who:
want to progress into other further or higher education courses, or into new work area
are returning, or planning to return, to work and who are seeking to update and/or add to their employment skills
would benefit from alternative approaches to curriculum and learning
want to test out a vocational area to inform their career/employment choices
for whatever reason, have not previously achieved in education
need to develop their literacy and/or numeracy skills.
The qualifications allow learners to achieve the size and level of qualification most suitable for their needs and relevant to their stage of learning, providing an opportunity to work towards qualifications in small steps. The Qualifications in Progression are also approved to run with pre-16 learners. They contain many of the units from the popular Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-Up) qualifications so can be used in their place.
Changes to our Progression qualifications
The recent review of our suite of Progression qualifications has resulted in changes to the content of the qualifications that came in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Progression qualification specification (that covers E3 – L2), which is available on this page. Should you require information on the qualifications prior to the review, please refer to the previous version of the Progression qualification specification.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve 6 credits from either Unit Group A or Unit Group B.
Group A (Core Skills Level 1)
Learners must achieve 6 credits from an Unit Group.
Learners must achieve 6 credits from an Unit Group
Digital Skills for Everyday Life
Digital Skills for Work
Engage in Discussion
Listen and Respond
Money, Time and Temperature
Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages
Numeracy Skills for Work
Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios
Read for Information
Read for Purpose and Meaning
Speak to Communicate
Using Size, Shape and Space
Using and Communicating Data
Using the Internet
Word Processing Software
Write to Communicate
Write with Accuracy
What is the purpose of this qualification?
The qualification is designed for learners who need a short, focused course to enable them to progress from their specific starting point to their planned destination, usually some form of further learning, but in some cases employment or improved status in terms of their personal and social development. Typical users of the qualification will include learners who require a personalised approach to training and development in order to enable them to overcome a specific barriers and progress successfully.
The wide range of optional units in this qualification means that it is appropriate for many different types of learners with different needs, interests and aspirations.
Examples of users who would benefit from this qualification include learners who:
• need to develop a specific skill and/or area of knowledge in order to progress to more mainstream education courses, or into employment or to new work areas
• need a small amount of Level 1 learning to ‘kick-start’ a predominantly
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
There is a Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Progression. The Award is most suitable for learners who require a short Level 1 course in order to develop their employability, personal and social development and/or vocational or subject-based learning before they are ready to progress to further learning or training and/or operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work. The Award can be used as a Level 1 ‘stepping stone’ at the start of a predominantly Level 2 programme, particularly where learners lack confidence or need an early experience of achievement in order to remain engaged in learning. It can also be used to accredit the work preparation element of a traineeship.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification includes a wide range of vocational, employability and personal and social development knowledge and skills. Learners have the freedom to work with the provider to select the most appropriate unit or units to meet their needs, interests and ambitions for the future.
Units cover the following vocational / subject areas:
Building and Construction
Crafts, Creative Arts and Design
Child Development and Well-being
Health and Social Care
Hospitality and Catering
Horticulture and Forestry
ICT for Users
Media and Communcation
Preparation for Learning, Life and Work
Retail and Wholesaling
Sport, Leisure and Recreation
Transportation Operations and Maintenance
Which job roles does this qualification support?
The qualification supports progression to a wide range of further learning opportunities including further Level 1 learning but also Level 2 qualifications, such as the vocational qualifications in the Gateway Qualifications Suite of Skills Qualifications, e.g. Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Retail.
Progression & Entry RequirementsLearners are not required to have any prior qualifications or demonstrate specific levels of attainment to access this qualification. The qualifications are available to learners of any age.
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