Short Online Qualifications (previously Short Vocational Qualifications) are designed to broaden the learner’s horizons, create well-rounded individuals and augment their learning experience covering a diverse range of skills with practical applications in the world of work and study. The qualifications are ideal to supplement study programmes in all subject areas helping to ensure full time funding hours are met, and boost college success rates.

Short Online Qualifications are an ideal way to enhance learner enrichment programmes, helping to support learners with personal development, behaviour and welfare in line with OFSTED requirements.

Who are these qualifications for?

These qualifications are designed for anyone to be delivered at anytime -

  • NEET Learners
  • Study Programmes
  • Induction Programmes
  • The unemployed
  • Apprenticeships
  • Adult learners
  • CPD



Ascentis Level 1 Award in Awareness of Social Media and Online Safety Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Internet Safety for IT Users Specification

Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Introduction to British Values Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Citizenship Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Equality & Diversity Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award & Level 2 Award in Environmental Sustainability Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Health and Safety Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award & Level 2 Award in Healthy Living Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Mental Health & Well-Being Specification

Ascentis Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finance Specification

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Understanding Employment, Business & Enterprise Specification


Click here to view the range of FREE resources available for all of our short online qualifications.


Why should I choose Ascentis?

  • ESFA funding available for most SOQs
  • These qualifications come with interactive online learning resources included in the price, helping minimise teaching hours and allowing the learner to complete the course at their own pace
  • They are available on-demand with online assessment and a five-day registration period
  • The online delivery and assessment tools help you meet FELTAG recommendations and Ofsted requirements
  • The instant provisional results and rapid certification turnaround ensure your learners have the qualifications in time to prepare for life outside college
  • Paper based is available for the learners who need it
  • High achievement results that help boost your success rates
  • Designed to be delivered in high volumes


Where can my learners progress from here?

Learners can progress into work having benefitted from some of these key skills. They can progress into their core curriculum having gained confidence and new skills in a time efficient manner. 


How do I get started?

For more information on how to deliver our SOQs, or to move your SOQ provision to Ascentis, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact the Commercial Team on 01524 845046 or click here to email.

If you wish to apply now, please download the Centre Recognition Form and/or Qualification Approval Form which are available in our Key Information section.

Ascentis will normally process results and issue certificates within 10 working days of receipt of the confirmed assessment result.