Key Facts

Level 3
Subject Sector:
13.2 Direct Learning Support
Qualification No:
28 hours
Total qualification time:
70 hours
Age Range:

Qualification purpose

Updating and continuing professional development (CPD)

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The suite of Supported Employment qualifications have been developed by Gateway Qualifications in conjunction with LSIS and BASE (British Association for Supported Employment) the membership body for supported employment agencies (SEAs). The qualifications have been based on the supported employment NOS produced in 2012 in response to the growing demand for the professionalising of the supported employment sector.

    The Level 3 Award in Engaging Employers in Supported Employment is one of a series of larger awards which focus on competence in a specific aspect of supported employment practice and an understanding of the underpinning values. Each award is suitable for people who, in their role, carry out some but not all the functions covered by the national occupational standards.

    The suite of Supported Employment qualifications comprises of:
    a small introductory qualification which sets out the core values, fundamental to the sector
    a series of larger awards which focus on competence in specific aspects of supported employment practice and an understanding of the underpinning values
    a larger qualification, made up of all six awards, which covers the full range of functions expected of a supported employment practitioner, along with the underpinning values for the sector.

    (Please note that the credit for the Core Values unit which appears in each of these qualifications can be transferred between them and therefore need only be completed once, even if a candidate takes more than one of these awards. And if a learner completes all of these awards separately, they can accumulate the credit needed to be awarded the full certificate.)

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete the two mandatory units totalling 7 credits to achieve the award.



    Learners complete the two units in Group M to achieve the qualification.

    Core Values of Supported Employment

    Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    Engaging Jobseekers in Supported Employment

    Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification is for practitioners working in a supported employment context, supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into employment. It will be relevant for you if you have responsibility for job-seeker engagement.

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

    This qualification covers the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage job-seekers in supported employment along with an understanding of the underpinning values for the sector.

    The learner will take the following mandatory units:

    • The core values of supported employment
    • Engaging job seekers in supported employment

    The content of these units is based on the National Occupational Standards for Supported Employment.s

    Which sector does this qualification support?

    The qualification has been designed for people already working as a supported employment practitioner to enable them to develop further within their existing role.

    What are the progression options?

    The learner can add further units to this qualification to achieve a Level 3 Certificate for Supported Employment Practitioners.

    Progression & entry requirements

    Learners must be aged 19 or over to take this qualification. The learners do not need any specific prior qualifications or levels of attainment to enter for the qualification. However the learner must have access to a relevant workplace in order to meet the assessment for this qualification. It is likely, therefore, that the learner will be employed within the supported employment sector and that you will bring with you some relevant skills, knowledge and understanding.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    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.