Yeovil College University Centre’s policy regarding access to this qualification sits comfortably with that of Pearson and is that:
● they should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards
● they should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
● there should be equal opportunities for all wishing to access the qualifications.
YCUC will recruit learners to BTEC qualifications with integrity. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualifications and that the qualification will meet their needs. YCUC will meet and take appropriate steps to assess each applicant’s potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to successfully complete the programme of study and achieve the qualification. This assessment will take account of the support available to the learner within YCUC and the organisations that may be support the individual during their programme of study and any specific support that might be necessary to allow the learner to access the assessment for the qualification. YCUC will use the policy on learners with particular requirements offered by BTEC.
YCUC will review the entry profile of qualifications and/or experience held by applicants, considering whether this profile shows an ability to progress to higher level qualifications.
Pearson encourages centres to recognise learners’ previous achievements and experiences whether at work, home and at leisure, as well as in the classroom. RPL provides a route for the recognition of the achievements resulting from continuous learning.
RPL enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be sufficient, reliable and valid.
There is further guidance in our policy document Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Process, available on Pearson website at www.edexcel.com/policies Credit transfer describes the process of using a credit or credits awarded in the context of a different qualification or awarded by a different awarding organisation towards the achievement requirements of another qualification. All awarding organisations recognise the credits awarded by all other awarding organisations that operate within the QCF.
If learners achieve credits with other awarding organisations, they do not need to retake any assessment for the same units. The centre must keep evidence of credit achievement.