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Learning Plus: Delivering QCF units to support achievement and progression 

This case study illustrates how a partnership of third-sector providers are working to utilise the flexibility offered by the QCF to support learners that find it difficult to access the job market.

Leeds City College: Developing an interactive session planning tool for 16-18 vocational programmes 

The project set out to develop an online session planning tool incorporating interactive activities and blended learning, thereby improving the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) skills and confidence of staff. Simple drag-and-drop responses built into the session plan template encourage staff to explore and select tried-and-tested, technology-based activities. Learners are encouraged to provide their immediate reaction to, and their suggestions for improving, the activities through online surveys, blogs and text wall media.

Supporting documents relating to the Leeds City College case study can be found below:

Leeds City College: Interactive Lesson Planner (Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, 850KB)

Leeds City College: Using qualifications to engage and motivate hard to reach learners 

Leeds City College is developing Foundation Learning programmes using the new Qualifications and Credit Framework, QCF, to engage and motivate hard to reach learners.  This case study highlights how inclusive the QCF is and how it can help learners to succeed and progress to longer term learning aims. 

Leicester College: Intensive career learning and progression programme 

The programme ‘Advanced New Start’ provides an example of partnership working to develop a personalised curriculum offer based on the specific needs of learners operating at level 3 who are identified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Leicester College: Offering college wide personalised programmes 

By developing a college wide, flexible approach to programme design and introducing a range of innovative vocational tasters,
Leicester College is able to offer personalised programmes that meet both learner needs and financial objectives.

Leicester College: Redesigning the curriculum offer for Fashion and Footwear using the QCF

Leicester College is one of the largest and most successful colleges in the UK, with more than 26,000 learners studying a wide range of courses. The College has three campuses in the heart of Leicester and works closely with local and national companies to provide tailored training packages. In preparing to implement the QCF, the College seconded a full-time QCF Champion who attended the LSIS three-day QCF champions’ training programme and used the ideas and resources provided to lead a whole-organisation approach.

Newcastle City Learning: Routes to employment – innovative use of QCF to deliver pre-employment and sector-based work academies 

Newcastle City Learning (NCL) is building on its experience with working with the unemployed and Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to develop routes through to employment

Newcastle City Learning: Learner Tracking Sheet (Microsoft Word document, 2MB)

Newcastle City Learning: Task Booklet - Hospitality and Catering (Rich Text Format, 4MB)

Newcastle City Learning: Candidate Learning Log (Microsoft Word document, 426KB)

Newcastle City Learning: Tasks to complete in your workplace (Rich Text Format, 10MB) 

Newcastle College: Opportunities for the unemployed 

Newcastle College piloted the use of single-unit qualifications and small chunks of accredited learning with learners on the welfare-to-work programme making re-engaging in learning motivational and accessible.  The case study describes the rationale and the organisational implementation processes and has a strong focus on IAG. Progression rates are high as learners experience success and discover opportunities for future learning. 

North Hertfordshire College: Developing a strategy for Higher Education development in a Further Education College

North Hertfordshire College (NHC) carried out a series of visits to successful and innovative providers of higher education in the UK and to a European provider in order to inform the strategic planning and development of their own higher education strategy and provision.

Otley College: Embedding functional skills into work-based learning 

A project led by Otley College, shared with other local colleges and providers, to develop an online resource to support the development of functional skills in the workplace. 

Peterborough Regional College: Building opportunities; bridging barriers 

Peterborough Regional College used data, questionnaires and focus groups to understand the barriers to employment for hard-to-reach groups and identify the most appropriate QCF unitised curriculum.

Portsmouth City Council (ALS): First steps to online learning to support employment 

The project created an online, modular mathematics programme for any adult learners capable of achieving a Level 2 numeracy qualification. The project has provided adult learners with an opportunity to take complete ownership of their learning and to fast-track themselves using online learning materials to gain a qualification.

Supporting documents relating to the Portsmouth City Council case study can be found below:

Portsmouth City Council: PCC Online Course Delivery Protocols - Guidance Document (PDF document, 72KB)

Portsmouth City Council: An Introduction to Xerte (Online Toolkit) (PDF document, 17KB)

Portsmouth City Council: Averages Screenshots - Level 2 Programme (PDF document, 4MB)

Portsmouth City Council: Percentages Screenshots - Level 2 Programme (PDF document, 4MB)

Portsmouth City Council: Understanding Fractions Screenshots - Level 2 Programme (PDF document, 2MB)

Portsmouth City Council: Online Evaluation Interviews (PDF document, 22KB)

Shipley College: Making Level 1 Foundation Learning flexible 

This project aimed to improve the approach to personalised curriculum planning for Foundation Learning, providing learners with the opportunity to broaden their occupational interests and to develop both personally and socially.

Supporting documents relating to the Shipley College case study can be found below:

Shipley College: Personal and Social Development resource (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, 88KB)

Shipley College: Assignment Brief (Microsoft Word document, 449KB)

Stockton Riverside College: Designing an innovative curriculum to engage with the unemployed 

Stockton Riverside College is a college at the heart of the Tees Valley, with a vision to be the college of first choice for learners, employers and communities. The College were keen to design, develop and implement three innovative programmes responsive to addressing the needs of individual learners that would attract the hardest to help and the hardest to reach (NEETS and the unemployed).

Strode College: Engaging employers in the assessment of employability skills 

Strode College is working with employers to encourage their engagement in the development and assessment of employability skills to better prepare prisoners from HMP Leyhill for eventual release and future employment.

Sussex Downs College: Information, Advice and Guidance: Foundation Learning and the QCF 

Sussex Downs College have reviewed their initial advice and guidance (IAG) processes for Foundation Learners to ensure they are applying for the right courses for their skills and interests and to address skills gaps and ‘spiky profiles’. The enhanced IAG service uses personal tutors to screen and interview learners, ensuring they are fully informed on the breadth of the college offer, better equipped to make appropriate learning choices and that support mechanisms are in place. In this way the college hopes to improve both learner success and retention rates

Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA): Using technology in language education for adults 

Developing a model of language learning that combines classroom learning with the use of technology and promotes sustainability.

Supporting documents relating to the Sutton College of Learning for Adults case study can be found below:

Sutton College of Learning for Adults (SCOLA): MailVu presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, 407KB)


Telford College of Arts and Technology: Responding to teacher training reforms and innovative practice in initial assessment 

Telford College of Arts and Technology TCAT) based in Wellington, Shropshire is a large general FE College with over 16,000 students, including 1200 full-time and 15,000 part time. The college offers a very wide range of vocational courses including NVQs, professional, preparatory degree and tailor-made programmes. Through its Teacher Education School, the College offers the new teacher training qualifications to over 200 part-time students each year and has piloted an innovative self-screening tool to support the initial assessment process. It has also developed an in-house IT based system to effectively record staff continuing professional development (CPD).

Vision West Nottinghamshire College: Improving business performance

This project has focused on the design and delivery of technical certificate and diploma qualifications for the Fibreboard and Wood sectors. Working in partnership with employers, the qualifications are designed to improve business performance by developing the performance management skills of supervisors and managers and providing technical certification for apprentices.

Walsall College: Meeting the demand from local employers for bespoke qualifications 

One of the difficulties faced by Walsall College in the past was the inflexibility of full qualifications that were being offered to employers. QCF provided the opportunity to tailor programmes to employers’ specific needs. However, the college identified a demand from local employers for bespoke qualifications and has gained awarding organisation status in order to meet this  demand, setting up Accredited Skills for Industry (Asfi).

West Sussex County Council: Developing life and work skills through accrediting experience in the work place 

A programme developed in collaboration with Job Centre Plus (JCP) to provide learners with experience of the work place to put them in a stronger position to gain employment

Supporting documents relating to the West Sussex County Council case study can be found below:

West Sussex County Council: Course Leaflet - Business Skills Level 1 (PDF document, 150KB)

West Sussex County Council: Evidence requirements document (Microsoft Word document, 94KB)

York College: Using the QCF to improve success rates and increase efficiency 

York College has used the flexibility of the QCF to develop a unit based approach to the delivery of full cost recovery Chartered Management Institute (CMI) programmes for 2011/12. The college anticipates that this will increase learner numbers and success rates by giving learners the opportunity to select units specific to the requirements of their current or future job role, fit learning around their commitments and pay for their learning in affordable instalments. The modularised, blended delivery model will also make efficient use of staffing.