NC ESOL for Employability

Why deliver this qualification

The National Certificates in ESOL for Employability are nationally recognised qualifications which improve language skills, employability skills and which help candidates integrate into Scottish life.

These awards meet the needs of candidates who wish to study ESOL in a wider context. They improve candidates’ English language while also developing employability skills, thereby increasing their prospects of employment.

Candidates will improve their awareness of the steps in applying for jobs, gaps between UK working culture and practices and those of their home country, teamwork and soft skills, attention to formal written detail and rights and responsibilities at work.

  • Provide a structured route into HNC/HND
  • Flexible delivery
  • Funded by Scottish Funding Council
  • Provide skills to go on to further study or entry level employment
  • Relevant to the vocational area they are interested in ( based on National Occupational Standards)
  • Credit can be built up over a period of time and if the candidate leaves without completing the course they will be credited for their learning to date.

Who does this qualification suit

The NCs are designed to meet the needs of ESOL learners of all ages and in all situations. There is great variation of ESOL learners across Scotland and the Unit ESOL: Living in Scotland is appropriate for anyone who has recently arrived in Scotland.

Access

The NCs are available to candidates whose first language is not English and to those seeking or already in employment who wish to gain further skills and a recognised qualification.

For the NC at SCQF level 4, while entry is at the discretion of the centre, it is recommended that candidates have SCQF level 3 ESOL or equivalent, or have successfully completed a diagnostic test at that level.

For the NC at SCQF level 5, while entry is at the discretion of the centre, it is recommended that candidates have SCQF level 4 ESOL or equivalent, or have successfully completed a diagnostic test at that level.

Progression

At SCQF level 4, successful candidates who wish to continue with study may progress to NQ ESOL at Intermediate 2 or the NC in ESOL for Employability at SCQF level 5.

At SCQF level 5, successful candidates have knowledge and skill levels, particularly in language, suited to the types of employment above. However, they may also be ready for work in lower-level supervisory roles, depending on their existing qualifications and previous work experience.

Successful candidates in the SCQF level 5 award who wish to continue with study will be able to progress to Higher ESOL or subject-specific National Certificates e.g. Business, Care.

Approval

Approval is devolvable for colleges with devolved authority for approval only. All other centres need to apply for approval. Charges for this are based on the number of verification groups in the NC and should be checked with QAV.

Assessors should be qualified to the same level or above in this subject area to deliver these qualifications as per SQA guidance.

If an NC or NPA contains an externally assessed component of a National Course then teaching staff must be suitably qualified to deliver this.

If an NC or NPA contains SVQ units then assessors must have or be working towards the L&D91 unit or equivalent.

How to assess

While the NCs have structures involving many non-ESOL Units, the traditional ESOL methodologies and resources are used wherever appropriate. Existing ESOL resources are envisaged as a prime means of support for delivery and assessment.

There will be a variety of integration opportunities across the awards. Tasks from Outcomes in the single skills Units ESOL: Writing and ESOL: Speaking may in some cases be integrated with the ESOL: Living in Scotland Unit. Evidence from the Preparing to Work Unit may in some cases be used for the work-related Outcomes across the four language skills Units. The optional Units may also be used to generate evidence for ESOL skills where appropriate.

Units which are highly suitable for group projects e.g. Assist with An Event or Living in Scotland could be used to develop and generate evidence for the Core Skill of Working with Others e.g. through an analysis of roles and relationships. The Core of ICT could be developed through the presentation of project findings.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

Group Award codes
Group Award Code: (GF70 44) and (GF70 45)

SCQF levels: 4 & 5

Structure
National Certificate in ESOL for Employability at SCQF level 4

Mandatory - 7 SQA credits required

Unit title Code SCQF
Level
SQA
Credit
Value
SCQF
Credit
Points
ESOL: Speaking for Employability H1XE 10  4  1  6
ESOL: Listening for Employability H1XG 10  4  1  6
ESOL: Writing for Employability H1XF 10  4  1  6
ESOL: Reading for Employability H1XD 10  4  1  6
ESOL: Living in Scotland H1XH 10  4  1  6
Preparing to Work F57F 10  4  1  6
Working with Others F3G3 10  4  1  6

 

Options - 5  SQA credits required

Unit title Code SCQF
Level
SQA
Credit
Value
SCQF
Credit
Points
Guidance: Investigating Career Opportunities EA1V 09 3 0.5 3
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 09 3 1 6
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 10 4 1 6
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 11 5 1 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 09 3 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 10 4 1 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 11 5 1 6

Problem Solving

Problem Solving F3GD 09 3 1 6
Problem Solving Problem Solving F3GD 10 4 1 6
Problem Solving Problem Solving F3GD 11 5 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 09 3 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 10 4 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 11 5 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H 09 3 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H 10 4 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H11 5 1 6
Business Enterprise Business Enterprise DV4G 10 4 1 6
Business Enterprise Business Enterprise DV4G 11 5 1 6
Business Practices in Travel and Tourism DM4M11 6 1 6
Information Technology for Administrators Information Technology for Administrators DM3R10 4 1 6
Information Technology for Administrators Information Technology for Administrators DM3R11 5 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W 09 3 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W10 4 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W 11 5 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV 09 3 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV 10 4 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV11 5 1 6
Using Learning Skills Using Learning Skills 1 ED4V 09 3 0.5 3
Using Learning Skills Using Learning Skills 2 ED4W10 4 0.5 3
Using Learning Skills Using Learning Skills 3 ED4X 11 5 0.5 3
Assist with An Event F5FJ 10 4 1 6
Contributing to Sustainability in the Community F2B8 11 5 1 6
Computing: Office and Personal Productivity Applications F1K6 10 4 1 6
PC Passport: Introduction to the Internet and On-line Communications F1F9 10 4 1 6

 

National Certificate in ESOL for Employability at SCQF level 5

Mandatory Units - 7  SQA credits required

Unit title Code SCQF
Level
SQA
Credit
Value
SCQF
Credit
Points
ESOL: Speaking for Employability H1XE 11 1 5 6
ESOL: Listening for Employability H1XG 11 1 5 6
ESOL: Writing for Employability H1XF 11 1 5 6
ESOL: Reading for Employability H1XD 11 1 5 6
ESOL: Living in Scotland H1XH 11 1 6
Preparing to Work F57F 11 1 5 6
Working with Others F3GE 11 1 5 6

 

Options - 5 SQA credits required

Unit title Code SCQF
Level
SQA
Credit
Value
SCQF
Credit
Points
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 10 4 1 6
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 11 5 1 6
Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 12 6 1 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 10 4 1 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 11 5 1 6
Information and Communication Technology Information and Communication Technology F3GC 12 6 1 6

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

F3GD 10 4 1 6

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

F3GD 11 5 1 6

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

F3GD 12 6 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 10 4 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 11 5 1 6
Local Investigations Local Investigations D36J 12 6 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H 10 4 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H 11 5 1 6
Work Experience Work Experience D36H 12 6 1 6
Business Enterprise Business Enterprise DV4G 10 4 1 6
Business Enterprise Business Enterprise DV4G 11 5 1 6
Business Enterprise Business Enterprise DV4G 12 6 1 6
Business Practices in Travel and Tourism DM4M11 5 1 6
Information Technology for Administrators Information Technology for Administrators DM3R10 4 1 6
Information Technology for Administrators Information Technology for Administrators DM3R11 5 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W 10 4 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W11 5 1 6
Personal Development: Self in Society Personal Development: Self in Society F37W 12 6 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV 10 4 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV 11 5 1 6
Personal Development: Self Awareness Personal Development: Self Awareness F2FV 12 6 1 6
Tourist Destinations Tourist Destinations DM4N 11 5 1 6
Tourist Destinations Tourist Destinations DM4N 12 5 1 6
Business Decision Areas

Business Decision Areas: Marketing and Operations

:

DV4K 11 5 1 6
Business Decision Areas Business Decision Areas: Finance and Human Resource Management DV4L 11 5 1 6
Contributing to Sustainability in the Community F2B8 11 5 1 6
Event Organisation F5A3 11 5 1 6
Computing: Office and Personal Productivity Applications F1K6 10 4 1 6
PC Passport: Introduction to the Internet and On-line Communications F1F9 10 4 1 6

Candidates must successfully complete 72 credit points to achieve either NC. In both cases this includes all 7 mandatory SQA credits (42 SCQF credit points) and a further 5 SQA credits (30 SCQF credit points) from the optional section, at any given level.

Candidates may choose only one from the Units grouped under one specific heading on frameworks given above e.g. where Work Experience (D36H 10) is selected, Work Experience (D36H 11) cannot also be selected.

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