The gap left by the ending of Basic and Key Skills can now be filled by OCR’s fully-accredited Cambridge Progression qualifications in English and maths.
OCR’s new Entry Level to Level 2 Progression qualifications have been designed by OCR, drawing on its RSA heritage, to meet the needs of adults who lack core skills in English and maths. The Skills Funding Agency has confirmed the qualifications are eligible for adult funding (19+) in England from January 2013.
The Cambridge Progression approach focuses on what works best for adult learning: core skills and knowledge, simple assessment and bite-sized, credit-based units. The qualifications are flexible and can be used stand alone or as part of a wider programme and a stepping stone to Functional Skills, GCSEs and beyond.
The qualifications were previewed in 2012 at a showcasing event featuring a variety of speakers including Susan Pember, Director, FE and Skills Investment at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Martine Fontenelle, Literacy Subject Specialist Tutor at HMP Wandsworth, who attended the preview event said: “A lot of my learners have left school with no qualifications, so this will be a really good way of challenging them and building up their confidence for when they go out into the workplace.”
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “With the ending of Basic and Key Skills, we asked employers and trainers what skills they wanted to see in adults entering the workplace. We have combined this feedback with our own expertise to create something unique yet simple, concentrating on the skills and knowledge learners need.”
As well as meeting the needs of adult learners, Cambridge Progression has been accredited to support English and maths for students aged 16+ and for students aged 14+ and is recognised for delivery in England and Northern Ireland.
For all you need to know about getting started with OCR’s accredited Cambridge Progression range, visit www.ocr.org.uk/progression