Progression to Higher Education

The routes by which people progress to Higher Education (HE) have become more diverse. We work closely with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to develop qualifications that enable progression to HE, and support widening participation and social mobility.

We have a growing portfolio of qualifications that can support progression to HE. These qualifications present a challenging curriculum and have been designed to help the learner acquire relevant skills in preparation for higher level study and assessment.

Higher level study skills

Achievement of our substantial Level 3 qualifications requires learners to demonstrate evidence of higher level skills in analysis, evaluation, criticality and reflection in relation to content. Academic writing and higher level study skills are supported through internal unit assessments and external synoptic assessments which consist of extended writing assignments. The synoptic assessment requires learners to integrate and apply their learning from a range of units, with breadth and depth. Honing these skills plays an important part in preparing the student for HE and supports with their ability to sustain their performance during their studies at university.

Research skills

A number of our qualifications require learners to carry out research for example as part of extended essays and longitudinal studies. As part of this research, learners are required to investigate, conduct primary and/or secondary research, present findings, draw conclusions, provide recommendations and be reflective in their research. Learners are also required to meet a word count and reference their work. Equipping learners with these important skills supports and provides familiarity of the skills expected within HE.

Values and behaviours

Learners undertaking our qualifications are expected to possess key values, skills, qualities and behaviours which will support them in their transition to either employment or further studies. These include commitment, self –motivation, self –directed study, working collaboratively, acting with integrity, thinking for yourself, self- reflection and critical thinking as well as the ability to problem solve. Throughout the lifespan of the learners’ chosen qualification they will develop and nurture these values, skills, qualities and behaviours, which will in turn prepare them in their journey to HE.

We continually engage with Universities and other HEIs to facilitate progression routes for learners. Many Universities accept our qualifications for entry to related disciplines, including a number of Russell Group Universities.

It is important to note that Universities and other HEIs set their own entry requirements for HE courses. These requirements can vary depending on the subject area, prior attainment, demand for the course and the individual institution. It is advisable to check entry requirements with the chosen University/HEI before starting a qualification, as access to HE courses is always at the discretion of the individual HEI.