OCR has drawn on years of expertise in skills-based qualifications and partnered with Tribal – world leaders in educational support – to develop a new range of English and maths qualifications, which offer a refreshingly simple solution for adult learning.
Subject to accreditation, the new 'Proficiency' qualifications, which are exclusively from OCR, will be available for first teaching from September 2012.
With the ending of Key and Basic Skills in August 2012, OCR and Tribal have gone back to fundamentals and focused on what they know works for many adult learners: core skills and knowledge; simple assessment; and bite-sized, credit-based units. Proficiency qualifications can be stand alone or be part of a wider programme and a stepping stone to Functional Skills, GCSEs and beyond.
New technology means that learners can take their Proficiency assessments on screen. Through OCR's partnership with Tribal, bespoke support resources, including trainers' guides and practice assessments, will be on offer.
If you would like to find out more about the new qualifications, speak to OCR experts and preview the Tribal resources, come along to our free launch event in London in June. Book your place using OCR’s Eventbooker.
Paul Steer, OCR's Director of Partnerships said: "Over five million people of working age in the UK lack basic literacy or numeracy skills. In developing the Proficiency range, we've used our expertise which dates back to RSA and our partnership with Tribal to create something unique. And we've listened to what employers and trainers say are the skills they want to see in adults entering the workplace. But we've deliberately kept it simple, so what you see is what you get."
Barry Brooks, Tribal’s Strategy Director and former Head of the Skills for Life Strategy Unit at DfES said, "The Coalition Government has set out its commitment to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to secure English and mathematics qualifications at Level 2. Through our work with OCR, we have developed a unique, tailor-made solution that builds on the best traditions of teaching and learning and blends it with the innovative uses of technology to bring dynamism, flexibility and responsiveness to the learning and development process."
Further information about the new Proficiency qualifications in English and Maths, including unit content and levels, is now available on our website.