Ascentis Arrangements for Vocational Qualifications in 2020-21

Updated 30th October 2020

Arrangements for 2020-21

The regulators Ofqual, CCEA and Qualifications Wales have published the outcome of their consultation on arrangements for 2020-21 (EERF), which builds on the VTQ framework (ERF) that we implemented over the summer.

The purpose of the EERF is to enable Awarding Organisations to assist with mitigating the impact of disruption to teaching, learning and assessment, and any ongoing disruption to or restrictions on the delivery of assessments, through the adaptation of qualifications and assessments. 

Ascentis have identified some qualifications where adaptations will be permitted in 2020-21.

The EERF will specifically focus on adaptation as a mitigation and will apply to the following Ascentis qualifications only:

Please click on the qualifications above to find out more information on the permitted adaptations.

These adaptations are in place for learners who sit assessments or are due to complete their qualification by 31st July 2021.

To further support you, we are hosting webinars on the above qualifications.  Please visit our Events page here for further information or to book a place. 

All other Ascentis qualifications must be delivered, assessed and internally verified in line with the normal requirements of the qualification specification and no adaptation should be made that compromises these standards.  

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Quality Assurance Team at

Access to HE Qualifications

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have published the arrangements for Access to HE qualifications in 2020-21.  Ascentis have communicated with Centre Coordinators regarding the outcome of the QAA consultation and arrangements for 2020-21.  Please initially discuss with your Centre Coordinator if you have any questions.  Your centres allocated Ascentis Quality Assurance Manager will be able to support you with any queries you may have throughout this academic year.    

Extended Regulatory Framework (ERF) Awarding Summer 2020

Those centres that have claimed for learners in Summer 2020, will have submitted the required information to Ascentis in order to conduct External Verification and issue results.  If any centres have any questions regarding the results that have been submitted to Ascentis, please contact Any learners that require information regarding results, must contact their centre (college, school or training provider). 

Quality Assurance Events for 2020-21

We are holding a series of online Quality Assurance Events in 2020-21 to support centres with the delivery and assessments of Ascentis qualifications.  Please click here to visit our Events page.

Supportive Documents:

Ascentis has a range of useful subject-specific resources to support all aspects of the delivery of our qualifications. For example, our brand new ESOL Skills for Life Handbook and Community Interpreting Centre Guidance. These documents and others are located in the Login Area of the Ascentis Website. 

EQA Activity:

All EQA activity will be completed remotely until further notice. Your allocated Centre Quality Reviewer and External Quality Assurer(s) will be in contact shortly to discuss arrangements for 2020-21. If you require further information on EQA activity, please contact  

Contact Information & Support

Our Customer Support Team will continue to support you in 2020-21, our main contact number is 01524 845046 or alternatively please email them at

If you need to get in touch with one of our teams, you can contact them directly on the following emails:

Staff will continue to respond to their emails, this will be the preferred method of communication.

Your centre

If circumstances occur which may further impact your learners please ensure that you inform us immediately so that we are better able to support you.


We have recently contacted all centres to confirm your certification preference for all your learners.

Centres have the option to receive e-Certificates only or hard copy certificates and e-Certificates.

If you have any questions regarding certificates then please email the Registration, Verification and Certification Team at


In the meantime if you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual contact here at Ascentis or contact us at




Previous article Next article

Watch Our Client Videos

Ascentis helps change the lives of over 170,000 learners each year. Hear about why our staff love working for us, and why our customers love working with us.

See all

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service Speaking about Ascentis English & Maths Stepping Stones

Ascentis has a fantastic suite of English and Maths Stepping Stones qualifications which enable learners to focus on specific skills, build their confidence and progress onto further learning. This testimonial video features Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service who outline the benefits to them and their learners of using these qualifications.

Watch Video

The City of Liverpool College Speaking about Ascentis Access to Higher Education

Access to HE with Ascentis - We Make a Difference. Watch our Testimonial and hear how it makes a difference to learners and the opportunities it brings.

Watch Video

Best Practice People Speaking about Ascentis Short Online Qualifications

The Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are delivered in many centres across the UK and help to support learners’ Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Listen to Ascentis Customer, Best Practice People talk about how effective the Ascentis Short Online Qualifications are and how they successfully aid their NEET learners, improving skills and confidence in turn helping them secure employment.

Watch Video

Join hundreds of happy centres nationwide

Arrange a meeting

What our happy customers say

“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

Brent Start

“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

Kensington & Chelsea College

25th Nov 2020

IQA/Assessor Events

4th Dec 2020

Ascentis Events

Ascentis National Conference Online

A series of live and on-demand webinars with industry experts on many topics including blended learning and funding for skills.

Read more
  • AELP
  • CPD Certified
  • FAB
  • Cyber Essentials
  • Natecla
  • Access to Higher Education
  • The Parliamentary Review
  • West Yorkshire Learning Providers
Ascentis customers please login to view full specifications, tracking sheets, sample papers, customer policies and key documents.


Specification Overviews

Key Documents