In recognition of the diverse needs of learners at Entry Level and primarily addressing those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, we have worked closely with colleagues in centres and other professionals to develop new qualifications with the learner at the heart. These qualifications have been designed to address their learners’ needs and help them to gain in confidence, develop independent living and work skills, and enable them to progress.

Many of our centres also use these qualifications with ESOL learners.

We monitor national and regional developments to ensure our qualifications address the policy priorities identified.

‚Äč*OCNLR Entry Level qualifications in Independent Living and OCNLR Entry Level qualifications in Using Employability Skills will be withdrawn with effect from 31st July 2021 and learners registered on the qualifications before the operational end date will have until the certification end date of 31st July 2022 to complete their study and be certificated. Replacement qualifications – Entry Level Skills for Independence and Employability qualifications and Entry Level Entry to Employment qualifications  – are now operational and offer a flexible, more broader alternative.  

    Employability

    Qualification Level Credits Guided Learning Hours
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Entry to Employment (Entry 1) New! E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1) New! E1 9 90
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Using Employability Skills (Entry 1) E1 8 80
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Entry to Employment (Entry 1) New! E1 13 130
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1) New! E1 18 180
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills (Entry 1) E1 14 140
    OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1) New! E1 37 370
    OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1) New! E1 27 270
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Entry to Employment (Entry 2) New! E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independent Living and Employability (Entry 2) New! E2 9 90
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Using Employability Skills (Entry 2) E2 8 80
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Entry to Employment (Entry 2) New! E2 13 130
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2) New! E2 18 180
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills (Entry 2) E2 14 140
    OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2) New! E2 37 370
    OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2) New! E2 27 270
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Entry to Employment (Entry 3) New! E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3) New! E3 9 90
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Using Employability Skills (Entry 3) E3 8 80
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Entry to Employment (Entry 3) New! E3 13 130
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3) New! E3 18 180
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills (Entry 3) E3 14 140
    OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3) New! E3 37 370
    OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Using Employability Skills (Entry 3) E3 37 370
    OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3) New! E3 27 270

    Independent Living

    Qualification Level Credits Guided Learning Hours
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Accessing Community Facilities (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Household Skills (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Leisure Activities (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Care (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Development (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Rights and Responsibilities (Entry 1) E1 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Personal Progress (Entry 1) E1 8 80
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Living in the Community (Entry 1) E1 15 150
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (Entry 1) E1 15 150
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Personal Progress (Entry 1) E1 14 140
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Accessing Community Facilities (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Household Skills (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Leisure Activities (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Care (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Development (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Rights and Responsibilities (Entry 2) E2 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Living in the Community (Entry 2) E2 15 150
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (Entry 2) E2 15 150
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Accessing Community Facilities (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Household Skills (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Leisure Activities (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Care (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Personal Development (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Award in Independent Living - Rights and Responsibilities (Entry 3) E3 6 60
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Living in the Community (Entry 3) E3 15 150
    OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (Entry 3) E3 15 150

    Learning Support Practitioners

    Qualification Level Credits Guided Learning Hours
    OCNLR Level 2 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Mainstream Classroom 2 2 16
    OCNLR Level 2 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Autistic Spectrum Conditions in the Mainstream Classroom 2 3 21
    OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Learning Support Practitioners 2 6 48
    OCNLR Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care 2 8 62
    OCNLR Level 2 Award in Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities 2 2 16
    OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Learning Support Practitioners 2 14 112
    OCNLR Level 2 Extended Award in Skills for Learning Support Practitioners 2 10 80
    OCNLR Level 3 Award in Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning New! 3 6 30
    OCNLR Level 3 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Mainstream Classroom 3 2 14
    OCNLR Level 3 Award in Meeting the Needs of Learners with Autistic Spectrum Conditions in the Mainstream Classroom 3 3 24
    OCNLR Level 3 Award in Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities 3 2 14
    OCNLR Level 3 Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care 3 18 119