Opportunities to gain external exams/accreditation
At Uplands our students have opportunities to gain high quality nationally recognised qualifications and awards which support the development of independence. These include the OCR Live and Living Qualifications, externally assessed literacy and numeracy qualifications (Cambridge Progression Units), ASDAN Towards Independence Awards, ASDAN Bronze Awards, various vocational units Qualifications are available at Entry 1 level to Level two. These are more fully explained in the Sixth Form Overview document below.
Alternatively, students may follow a bespoke package towards individually chosen qualifications.
Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) Examinations: Life and Living Skills: This is a credit based qualification from the Qualifications and CrBtedit Framework that develops skills, knowledge and understanding. This qualification, which is divided into units, has been designed to encourage progression through its own structure. Students may progress upwards or laterally through the accumulation of units in a broad range of life and learning areas. The qualification is very flexible and students who have spikey profiles may, through the rules of combination achieve an overall level through taking units at different levels.
Gateway Bitesize Literacy and Numeracy Qualifications: These qualifications are ideal as they break the content of the curriculum down into small, coherent units with assessment that is flexible, robust and will help motivate the learners to progress towards Functional Skills or GCSE. Learners take highly personalised progression routes and can study and complete units at their own pace – an approach that can transform outcomes.
BTEC Workskills: BTECs are work-related qualifications for learners taking their first steps into employment, progressing through their careers.
Individual programmes linked to GCSEs
ASDAN Towards Independence Award: Towards Independence offers formal recognition for small steps of achievement towards a larger goal. Modules can be used separately and accumulated to build a record of personal achievement.
Bronze Arts Award: This is available to accredit learning in the area of Creative Arts.
Spiritual, Moral, Social Cultural Education is an important part of personal development and students have opportunities to gain qualifications in this area through both OCR and ASDAN.(See Life and Living Skills Handbook for units available).