December 2014 update

30 December 2014

September 2018 update: Although our partnership with the Jamie Oliver Foundation has ended, we are pleased to announce that our Home Cooking Skills qualification has been extended until August 2020. There have been no changes to the qualification and its content, and you will find that our website page has been updated to reflect this change, with all new resources and support material.

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Building a study programme

For those of you already thinking about your 2015/16 offer for your level 1 and 2 learners, there are a number of qualifications available:

A combination of these flexible qualifications can be used to develop a comprehensive and challenging programme which offers progression opportunities and a recognised route into employment. If you have any further questions about any of these qualifications please email me on

We've launched our new Pearson qualifications website

Yesterday we launched the new Pearson qualifications website. Whether you’re looking for Edexcel, BTEC, Pearson Work Based Learning, LCCI or EDI qualifications, you’ll find everything you need all in one place. 

Please note that the Skills qualifications page will be available in January 2015.


The ESOL NQF final assessment and certification dates have been extended. 

The new dates are as follows:

• NQF final assessment date - 17 July 2015
• NQF final certification date - 31 August 2015

The last registration date for NQF ESOL qualifications is 31 December 2014 and no new registrations can be accepted after this date.

We would therefore advise that you register students for ESOL QCF qualifications only from now on to ensure a smooth transition for your centre. Please take a look at our website for further information and specifications relating to the new ESOL QCF qualifications.

Free training in the new QCF qualifications will be made available to all centres. Please register your interest if you wish to attend an event. There will be additional events organised early in 2015 and we are monitoring waiting lists to determine demand.  

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Focus on qualifications

MySkills - feedback

As a thank you for taking part your details will be entered into a prize draw and the lucky winner will receive a Jamie Oliver apron.

MySkills qualifications - short surveys

Please take a moment to complete our Money and Finance Skills survey or Home Cooking Skills survey.

We appreciate your feedback, which will help us to continually improve our qualifications.

BTEC results 2014

Statistics show large increases in students studying vocational qualifications in subjects most critical for the UK economy.  

ResultsPlus for Functional Skills

We know that many of you are already using ResultsPlus to help your delivery of Functional Skills. We're currently looking at what improvements we might be able to make to this service, and would be very interested in speaking to anyone who has suggestions or ideas.

If you would be happy to speak to one of our team please let us know by email and we'll be in touch.

Network meetings

We are looking at putting on some ESOL FE network meetings in January/February 2015. If you are interested please email me with Network as the subject.


If you would be interested in setting up a Skills qualifications network in your area, please email me on


31 December
Last day to accept new registrations for NQF ESOL qualifications

17 July 2015
NQF ESOL final assessment date

31 August 2015
NQF ESOL final certification date

Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills

The Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills competition will be launched in January.

More details will be available shortly, so start thinking about your winning entries!

As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact me on


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