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Employability and Development Skills (Revised)

These now contain specific vocational pathways at Certificate size – in order to gain a Certificate with an Endorsed Pathway, centres simply need to set up their course against the pre-set programme and select the relevant 15 credits.
Learner certificates will then read “Open College Network West Midlands Level x Certificate in Employability and Development Skills (Pathway name).
Centres may still choose a generic pathway, with a flexible selection of units to provide a 6-credit award, a 15-credit certificate and a 37-credit diploma.
Credits gained in an Award may count towards a Certificate or Diploma in subsequent years or on the learner’s next programme.
Credits from pathway and generic qualifications may be combined to allow learners to progress to the larger Diploma qualification.
Where appropriate, learners who achieve the appropriate number of relevant credits may achieve more than one Endorsed Pathway – centres should be aware that you will only be able to claim ESFA funding for only one Learning Aim and will need to pay 2 Certificate registrations.  Please discuss this with your Business Development Manager.
Where centres deliver these qualifications to mixed ability groups, they will need to choose the level but not the size of the qualification at the time of registration.  It is possible to register learners in the same cohort on different level qualifications and we have worked hard to make sure that units are available across all levels from Entry 3 to Level 2.  
A full list of the units included in each level, please follow this link:  (include here a link to a zip file of a finalised RoC)
For more information or to get approved to deliver this new suite, please contact your Business Development Manager – is there any way we can link into an email group for Business Development Managers?
If you are not already a centre, why not become one? (link to becoming a centre)
These now contain specific vocational pathways at Certificate size – in order to gain a Certificate with an Endorsed Pathway, centres simply need to set up their course against the pre-set programme and select the relevant 15 credits.
Learner certificates will then read “Open College Network West Midlands Level x Certificate in Employability and Development Skills (Pathway name).
Centres may still choose a generic pathway, with a flexible selection of units to provide a 6-credit award, a 15-credit certificate and a 37-credit diploma.
Credits gained in an Award may count towards a Certificate or Diploma in subsequent years or on the learner’s next programme.
Credits from pathway and generic qualifications may be combined to allow learners to progress to the larger Diploma qualification.
Where appropriate, learners who achieve the appropriate number of relevant credits may achieve more than one Endorsed Pathway – centres should be aware that you will only be able to claim ESFA funding for only one Learning Aim and will need to pay 2 Certificate registrations.  Please discuss this with your Business Development Manager.
Where centres deliver these qualifications to mixed ability groups, they will need to choose the level but not the size of the qualification at the time of registration.  It is possible to register learners in the same cohort on different level qualifications and we have worked hard to make sure that units are available across all levels from Entry 3 to Level 2.  
A full list of the units included in each level, please follow this link:  (include here a link to a zip file of a finalised RoC)
For more information or to get approved to deliver this new suite, please contact your Business Development Manager – is there any way we can link into an email group for Business Development Managers?
If you are not already a centre, why not become one? (link to becoming a centre)

Revised Qualifications - now with endorsed pathways!

 
These now contain specific vocational pathways - in order to gain a Certificate with an Endorsed Pathway, centres simply need to set up their course against the pre-set programme.
 
Learner certificates will then read “Open College Network West Midlands Level x Certificate in Employability and Development Skills (Pathway name).
 
Centres may still choose a generic pathway, with a flexible selection of units to provide a 6-credit award, a 15-credit certificate and a 37-credit diploma.
 
Credits gained in an Award may count towards a Certificate or Diploma in subsequent years or on the learner’s next programme.
 
Credits from pathway and generic qualifications may be combined to allow learners to progress to the larger Diploma qualification.
 
It is possible to register learners in the same cohort on different level qualifications and we have worked hard to make sure that units are available across all levels from Entry 3 to Level 2.  
 
 
For more information or to get approved to deliver this new suite, please contact your Business Development Manager.
 
If you are not already a centre, why not become one? Find out how, here.
 
 

Available for registrations

 
The revised Employability and Development Skills qualifications are now available for registrations:
  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Award in Employability and Development Skills (Entry 3) - 603/6258/3
  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Certificate in Employability and Development Skills (Entry 3) - 603/6259/5
  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Diploma in Employability and Development Skills (Entry 3) - 603/6260/1 
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Award in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6261/3
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Certificate in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6262/5
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Diploma in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6263/7
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Award in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6264/9
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Certificate in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6265/0
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Diploma in Employability and Development Skills - 603/6296/0
In order to deliver a qualification, centres must meet the requirements to deliver the qualification (which can be found in the Qualification Guide) and complete the Qualification Approval Form (QAF).
 
Follow the link below to the qualification guide where you will also find the units.
 
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