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Key Facts

Entry Level 3
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Qualification No:
240 hours
Total qualification time:
260 hours
£109.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    Changes to our Progression qualifications

    The recent review of our suite of Progression qualifications has resulted in the development of a new Entry Level Extended Certificate in Progression (Entry 3). The qualification has an Operational Start Date 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.

    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.


    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve 26 credits overall. A maximum of 6 credits can be achieved at Level 1.

    6 credits must be achieved from the Core Skills (A) Unit Group.

    Learners may achieve the remaining credits from either the Core or Optional Group – English, maths and digital.


    Group A (Core Skills Entry 3)

    6 credits must be achieved from the Core Skills (A) Unit Group

    Group B (Core Skills Level 1)

    Learners may achieve up to 6 credits from this group. Learners can achieve up to 6 credits at Level 1 across all groups.

    Group C (Optional Skills - English, Maths, Digital)

    Learners may achieve up to 20 credits from this group.

    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The qualification is designed for learners who need an extended 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 significant amount of Entry 3 learning to ‘kick-start’ progression to further learning.

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

    The qualifications also provide learners with the skills and knowledge to improve their own employability.

    Progression & Entry Requirements

    There is no requirement for learners to have achieved prior qualifications or units prior to undertaking this qualifications. The qualifications provide vocational tasters which will aid future career decisions and progression opportunities to employment or further study, including sector specific qualifications.

    Funding information

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    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.

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