Level 2 requirement for standards

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  • darrenvidler
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    Hi,

    Just had the following from the ESFA re the requirement for functional skills or GCSE in English & Maths for apprenticeship standards:

    You will be able to use any suitable level 2 english / maths functional skills however SASE will not be exempt.

    So we’re saying that the only exemption for level 2 is now a functional skill or GCSE? Surely that’s penalising those with A levels, O levels, etc which, under SASE, would have been an exemption?

    Darren

     
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    Wendy
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    Interesting, we haven’t as yet, delivered any standards so I am not sure of the process of claiming the apprenticeship certificate, will this still be done via ACE? I notice on the ACE website that everything still seems to refer to frameworks rather than standards.

    We will deliver standards to our H&SC learners from next month so I am watching this thread with interest, thanks for posting Darren

     
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    Cris Hale
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    That’s a very good point – I hadn’t even considered that the usual transferable skills might not apply. So how do we know GCSEs will be acceptable – is it just because they’re fundable?

    Cris

     
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    darrenvidler
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    Interestingly i’ve not been able to get a definitive answer out of the ESFA helpdesk other than the above – they haven’t been willing to commit to what are “suitable” level 2 qualifications.

    Darren

     
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    Cris Hale
    Participant

    Just been looking for whether you’re expected to assess learners’ maths and English and I’ve noticed that it does specify Functional Skills or GCSEs in paragraph 106.1. I guess they no longer accept Key Skills or A/AS levels, at least for now.

    Cris

     
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    Martin West
    Participant

    Hi All,
    The funding rules state: We will fund apprentices to achieve qualifications in English or maths (or both), if they do not already meet the required standard (please see below).
    The usual stipulation for a standard is to achieve a level 2 and as such where a learner has a qualification above a GCSE grade A* to C then they will have met the required standard.
    HTH

     
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    darrenvidler
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I’ve attended a webex today with City and Guilds who have confirmed that only GCSEs or Functional Skills will be counted as meeting the requirement for level 2.

    Hope this helps!

    Darren

     
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    Wendy
    Participant

    Thanks for the update Darren

     
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