How using Pearson Entry Level qualifications can help learners with special requirements access further levels of study at Level 1 and Level 2.

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Progression is important to all learners and it’s important to recognize some learners might need more support than others. With this in mind I decided to dedicate this month's blog to thoughts about how learners with special requirements can be supported at Entry Level to help them progress to further levels of study.

Here is a road map to help support learners with special requirements progress on Pearson qualifications:

  1. Identify the specific requirements of the learner: Before starting with any qualification, it is important to understand the learner's requirements and their strengths and weaknesses. This will help in choosing the appropriate Entry-level qualification or unit combination from the Pearson qualification suite that will suit the learner's needs.
  2. Choosing an entry-level qualification and unit combination: Entry-level qualifications are designed to provide learners with basic skills and knowledge that are necessary for higher level qualifications. These qualifications are specifically designed for learners who may have special requirements or who may have struggled with traditional learning methods. Choose an entry-level qualification and unit combination that matches the learner's interests and abilities to support them so that they can have the best chance of success.
  3. Complete the entry-level qualification: Once the entry-level qualification has been chosen, it is important to ensure that the learner completes it successfully. This will provide them with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for our Introductory level 1 qualifications. It will also give them the confidence they need to pursue further studies.
  4. Evaluate progress and set goals: Whilst completing the Entry-level qualification, it is important to evaluate the learner's progress and set goals for further study. This will help to keep the learner motivated and focused on their studies and help them in their goal to move on to the next qualification.
  5. Choose a level 1 qualification for them to progress to: Once the learner has completed the entry-level qualification, they can progress to a level 1 Pearson qualification. These qualifications are designed to provide learners with a more in-depth understanding of a subject and will help to prepare them for Level 2 qualifications if they do wish. It is important to choose level 1 qualifications using a person-centered approach and consider their strengths and interests when selecting units to study. Learners with special requirements are far more likely to engage if the subject interests them and is taught in a way which is accessible to their needs so try to include this where possible to support progression.
  6. Provide additional support: Learners with special requirements may require additional support to help them succeed at level 1 qualifications. This support may include extra tutoring, mentoring or specialized equipment. It is important to provide the necessary support to ensure that the learner succeeds and thrives. To identify the learner needs talk to them and try to establish what would work best for them.
  7. Monitor progress and adjust support: It is important to monitor the learner's progress and adjust support as necessary. This will help to ensure that the learner continues to succeed and is prepared for higher level qualifications.

The key in supporting additional needs learners with progression is to provide them with the appropriate support and guidance throughout their studies to help them succeed build appropriate relationships with them to help them enjoy the learning environment.

Having a progression pathway that supports learners with additional needs from entry level to level 2 qualifications is therefore crucial for their success. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Clear path to success: A progression pathway provides learners with a clear path to success. It outlines the steps that they need to take to progress from entry level qualifications to level 2 qualifications. This clarity can help learners to feel more confident in their abilities and motivated to succeed.
  2. Tailored support: A progression pathway can also provide learners with additional needs with tailored support. It can identify the support that they need at each level of study and provide them with the necessary resources and assistance. This support can help to overcome any barriers that learners may face and enable them to succeed in their studies.
  3. Building confidence: As learners progress through the levels, they develop their skills and knowledge, which can help to build their confidence. A well-structured progression pathway can provide learners with opportunities to apply their skills in different contexts and to gain new experiences. This can help to build their confidence and prepare them for further study or employment.
  4. Recognition of achievements: A progression pathway can also provide learners with recognition of their achievements. As they complete each level of study, they can receive a qualification that reflects their skills and knowledge. This recognition can be a significant motivator for learners with additional requirements and can help to reinforce their commitment to their studies.
  5. Increased employability: Having a progression pathway that leads to level 2 qualifications can also increase learners' employability if they choose to become more independent. Employers often look for candidates who have a range of skills and qualifications. Having a progression pathway that supports learners with additional needs can provide them with the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in the workplace.

If you are interested in how Pearson can help to support your centre and your learners please contact us using the below link:

Best wishes,

Kelly Adams, Product Manager: Level 1 and Below