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This qualification is being withdrawn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.

Key Facts

Level 2
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Qualification No:
335 hours
Total qualification time:
450 hours
£121.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Whilst some of our qualifications are regulated for pre 16 learners our minimum recommended age is 14.

Qualification purpose

Prepare for employment

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • 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 the decision to withdraw the Entry Level Diploma (Entry 3), Level 2 Diploma, Level 3 Award and Level 3 Certificate. The Operational End Date of the qualifications will be the 31/07/2020 and the Certification End Date will be the 31/07/2021. Please refer to the qualification specification available on this page which covers these qualifications until their withdrawal.

    Please refer to the new Progression qualification specification for further details of our updated E3 to L2 Progression qualifications.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve 45 credits in total. 9 credits must be achieved from the Mandatory Group A (Core Skills). The learner can take the remaining credits from any group but a maximum of 7 credits can be taken from IT for Users (IT) Unit Group, of which up to 3 credits can be at Level 1. A minimum of 33 credits must be achieved at Level 2. A maximum of 12 credits are allowed at Level 1.

    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.


    Recognised Centres can also find full unit information in Prism.

    Funding information

    Learning Aims Search

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    From 1st July 2021, the Hub will be replaced by a new Find a learning aim (FALA) service. This service is currently in BETA so if you experience any issues with finding funding details, please double check on the Hub above, or contact your account manager.

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    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.