Creating a Greener Curriculum

Green Qualifications

Ascentis are proud to offer a range of qualifications to support your Centres’ green initiatives and help learners understand the impact of issues such as climate change and plastic pollutants. 

The UK aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This means between 2022 and 2050, there will be a need to recruit around 400,000 energy jobs. This need would be across multiple areas including, digital, engineering and construction.

Short Online Qualifications

Perfect for induction programmes and learner enrichment, we offer a range of Short Online Qualifications which include:

Access to Higher Education

Access to HE supports those learners who wish to go onto higher education or progress in their employment. These qualifications offer learners the opportunity to reskill which is essential for job roles such as mechanics. This is because of technological advancements such as electric vehicles which are environmentally friendly. Studies suggest that by 2030 potentially 182,000 mechanics will need reskilling and 175,000 independent dealership employees will need retraining. Qualifications across all Levels can help learners re-skill and up-skill to meet these changing demands, Ascentis offer the following diploma titles:

  • Automotive Engineering 
  • The Built Environment
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Science

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We provide a range of fantastic free resources including My Plastic Diary which can be used with learners to understand more about the use of plastics.

What are we doing at Ascentis?

Ascentis is becoming more sustainable by implementing new efficient ways to reduce our carbon footprint, below are a few examples:

  • We use local suppliers where possible. As well as supporting local businesses, this uses less transportation and consequently reduces carbon emission.
  • We encourage our employees to have flexible hours. This includes enabling employees to work from home, which reduces our carbon footprint.
  • We have an electric car charger fitted and the company car is a Hybrid. We plan to upgrade to a fully electric car in the future.
  • Our office lights are on sensors so if there is no movement, they turn off to save energy. These are LED to use less power.
  • We are working towards being paper-free. We have digitalised most of our paper documents and have even started a Plant a Tree initiative (explained below).
  • Zip Taps are installed in our office for instant hot and chilled water. This saves on energy used boiling kettles and running 24/7 water coolers.

Plant a Tree with Ascentis

Ascentis are pleased to be contributing towards this goal with our Plant A Tree initiative. When you book a meeting with one of our qualification experts, we’ll plant a tree on your behalf with the National Trust. When we plant a tree, it contributes to reducing emissions and creating new habitats for wildlife such as the red squirrel and the greater spotted woodpecker as well as many other birds and animals. We will also send a certificate for you to display at your Centre.

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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.

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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.”

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7th Jun 2022

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Short Online Qualifications Webinar

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15th Jun 2022

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Essential Digital Skills Qualification with a live interactive Q and A session

Join our subject experts as they share an overview of Ascentis’ Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQ) and how can they benefit your learners.

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22nd Jun 2022

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Ascentis Assessor & IQA Webinar

This Webinar is for Ascentis customers only and is free to join. The Webinar is focused around Ascentis expectations in relation to: • Responsibilities and requirements of assessment • The Assessment Cycle • The recording of the assessment process • Standardisation • Best practice in portfolio building • External quality assurance activities Who can join the Webinar? All approved Ascentis centres delivering Ascentis qualifications - Assessors and Internal Verifiers who are either new to the role or would like a refresher of knowledge and understanding in relation to assessments, procedures and expectations - are invited to join this webinar. Who delivers the Webinar? The webinar is delivered by our experienced External Quality Assurer (EQA), Andrea Davaraj. Andrea is a subject expert in the field of assessing and internal quality assurance and also works in centres as an EQA so has a vast knowledge of Ascentis expectations and processes. Andrea will be joined by a Quality Assurance Manager to answer any QA specific questions. Why join the Webinar? Each attendee that participates in the webinar will receive a certificate of attendance which counts towards Continuing Professional Development. You will receive useful information that will help with the standardisation, delivery and assessment of the qualifications. Feedback from previous webinar delegates includes: “Very informative and detailed with opportunity for questions” “Clear and well presented – thankyou” “Great session, clear and helpful. Thank you” “Enjoyed it - new to Ascentis so found it very useful” We very much hope you will take up this opportunity to join with our centres to participate in important quality assurance activities. Please note that this event is for Ascentis centres only and places are limited. Please book your place using your centre email address to avoid disappointment.

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