Entry Level Qualifications in Skills for Independence and Employability

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2020

We have used our previous experience and input from centres to develop a comprehensive suite of new qualifications that address the diverse needs of Entry Level learnersincluding those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

These qualifications are designed to help learners gain confidence, develop independent living and work skills and enable them to progress. They are available at Entry Level 1,2 and 3 and in four sizes: Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma.

The new qualifications offer a broader, more flexible alternative to our existing Independent Living qualifications, which will be withdrawn with effect from 31st July 2021. 

Flexible qualifications

In order to maximise the impact of these qualifications, training providers will be able to choose from 6 groups of units to build a personalised qualification to meet the needs of an individual learner.

The six groups are as follows:

Aligned with progression

Our comprehensive suite of qualifications is designed to facilitate the progression of those with lower level literacy, numeracy and employability skills. Learners successfully attaining one award may wish to pursue a further award at the same or different level or progress to a larger qualification from the suite offered. They can also progress to higher levels of training or consider moving into supported employment.


Who are these qualifications suitable for?

  • Entry Level learners
  • Those who have learning difficulties and disabilities
  • ESOL pre-entry learners





Qualification information

  • 9-credit Awards (90 GLH) at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • 18-credit Certificates ((180 GLH) at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • 27-credit Extended Certificates (270 GLH) at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • 37-credit Diplomas (370 GLH) at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3






These qualifications are ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) funded, approved for learners aged 16-19 and 19+, and appear on the Section 96 register.

Suite of Skills for Independence and Employability qualifications

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