The Gateway Qualifications suite of Vocational Studies qualifications supports personal growth and progression into further learning and/or training. This qualification has been developed to enable learners who are vocationally undecided to have their achievements recognized across a number of different vocational sectors. This qualification is linked to the Gateway Qualifications Suite of Skills qualifications, available in the vocational sectors at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 which are progression routes from the Vocational Studies suite.
The employability skills units are common across the suite and also appear within Gateway Qualifications in Employability Skills. Some of the employability skills units also make up the Gateway Qualifications Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills qualifications and the Entry 3 employability skills units also feature in the Entry 3 Preparation for Employment qualifications.
The qualification will be awarded to learners who achieve an approved combination of units through a Portfolio of Evidence that has been successfully verified and monitored through Gateway Qualifications’ Quality Assurance process. Achievement is therefore determined by successful completion of unit assessment with no further requirement for additional/summative assessment.
These qualifications are linked to the Gateway Qualifications suite of ‘Skills for...’ qualifications, available in the vocational sectors listed above at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 which are progression routes from the Vocational Studies suite. These qualifications will enable the learner to extend and further develop skills and understanding in a chosen vocational sector.
As the units within the Vocational Studies qualifications are the same as those within the Entry 3 and Level 1 Skills for... qualifications, learning does not have to be repeated and credits can carry forward on to the sector-specific qualifications.
There are no prior qualification requirements for these qualifications.
There are no prior skills, knowledge or understanding requirements for this qualification. However, learners will benefit from having functional skills, at least at one level below that of the qualification.
There are no restrictions to entry for this qualification but learners should be 13+ age.
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