10 Reasons to choose Ascentis as your Awarding Organisation

 

Free staff training
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When you sign up to deliver any suite of qualifications you are entitled to a free half day’s training for you and your staff with your designated subject expert External Quality Assurer.  This training will be bespoke to you so you can get the most relevant and helpful information out of it, whether this is about using Rhombus, focusing on assessments, or looking at delivery methods.  If you are a Recognised Centre with us there are no set up costs or lengthy processes involved in applying to deliver new qualifications.  You simply complete a Qualification Approval form and we will do the rest.

Subject expert quality assurers 
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We pride ourselves on using subject expert External Quality Assurers for ESOL, English and Maths, Functional Skills, Construction, Education and Training and Community Interpreting, and subject expert Moderators for Access to HE.  We feel it is vital in these subjects to have someone to support and guide you who has the experience and knowledge of the subject, both as part of the service to you and also to ensure standardisation across the country for these qualifications.

Free Internal Quality Assurance Courses 
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Any member of staff who internally verifies Ascentis qualifications is entitled to attend one of our free Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) courses.  These are held throughout the academic year in various locations.  Delegates will be guided through Ascentis paperwork and procedures, preparing for an External Verification and what is to be expected.  Successful completion of the IQA course can count towards your Internal Verifier being granted Direct Claims Status by Ascentis.

Regional Quality Meetings 
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To ensure standardisation across centres we hold free Regional Quality Meetings for suites such as ESOL, Education and Training, English & Maths QCF, Functional Skills, Community Interpreting and Digital Learning Design.  These are facilitated by our subject expert External Quality Assurers and attended by tutors and coordinators of the relevant qualifications.  These meetings give an invaluable opportunity to network with other practitioners, share best practice, see exemplar materials, and focus on standardisation. For our Access to Higher Education providers we have Curriculum and Standardisation Meetings.

Named contacts 
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Having listened to feedback from our centres we understand that one of your main priorities is having any queries dealt with quickly and efficiently by a designated contact.  We ensure that all centre coordinators have named contacts at Ascentis to help with any queries, as well as your designated External Verifier.  We also have dedicated Development Managers and Quality Assurance Managers for all qualification areas, and each centre has a Customer Support Assistant to ensure the smooth running of your Ascentis experience.

Free Resources 
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We want to ensure that our qualifications are easy to deliver, using methods most appropriate to the type of qualification.  Our Short Vocational Qualifications come with online resources which the learner can work through at their own pace and then complete an online multiple choice assessment.  This allows centres to run these qualifications in large numbers, contribute towards FELTAG targets and all with minimal teaching hours required.  Our Skills for Employment qualification comes with free workbooks for our four most popular units, which the learners can complete and can then be used as their portfolio of evidence for assessment.  There are also resources available for our Education and Training suite, and we are committed to developing video resources for ESOL and Community Interpreting showing exemplar assessments.

Appropriate assessment methods
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Ascentis works with providers, subject experts and relevant skills sectors when developing our qualifications.  One of the most important elements is getting the assessment methods right for the learner and tutor, and appropriate for progression post-qualification.  This means ensuring that the method allows the learner to demonstrate their full ability without external pressures, but also insisting on the appropriate conditions relative to the qualification and level.  We must also take into account the skill being tested, and ensure that an appropriate medium is used, and that the method does not rely upon other skills, such as IT.

No minimum registrations
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There are no minimum registration requirements with Ascentis for any qualifications.  This allows small cohorts, individual learners, or indeed we will assist you if you have an incredibly large cohort of learners!  Either way there are no penalties or restrictions.

Minimal paperwork/administration
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It is important that tutors spend as much of their time teaching as possible, and at Ascentis we do everything we can to take away the administrative burden that so many providers face.  Where assessments are internally marked and verified, we keep paperwork to a minimum whilst still being prudent.  Registering learners is easily done through our online portal Rhombus, which is also used to claim certificates.  For our Access to Higher Education providers, all registration, results and moderation activities are logged through Rhombus, which not only minimises paperwork but facilitates the tracking of learner progress throughout the year.

Value for money
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Quality pays.  We always keep our qualifications competitively priced, however the quality of our qualifications and the service, training and support you receive as part of that registration fee is what sets us apart from other Awarding Organisations.  We add value into every part of the journey you have with us, to make life as simple as possible for you.

 

If you are interested in becoming an Ascentis centre, or becoming approved for any suite of qualifications please call 01524 845046 or click here to email.