6 Ways to Maximise Your Adult Education Budget (AEB)

Ascentis have an extensive range of AEB funded qualifications which help learners to develop skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. 

Our swift registration process makes it simple for you to start teaching these qualifications and quickly enrol learners to achieve extra certification before the end of the academic year. 

Find out more about our most popular AEB funded qualifications below.

Short Online Qualifications (SOQs)

These online qualifications contain practical applications to daily life, work and study, allowing learners to develop a diverse range of life skills. There are 25 titles to choose from, all of which are mapped to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework.

Popular SOQs include:

This suite of qualifications benefit from e-Invigilation, meaning they can be completed in the classroom, remotely or as part of a blended learning programme.

Short Online Qualifications (SOQs)

Digital Skills

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications (EDSQs)

Ascentis offer a full suite of Digital Skills qualifications from Pre-Entry to Level 3. Our Essential Digital Skills Qualifications – Entry 3 and Level 1 Award in Essential Digital Skills for Work & Life - are mapped to the National Occupational Standards for Essential Digital Skills and are ideal for adults with little or no digital skills. These are fully funded under the Legal Entitlement Offer for learners aged 19+.

Digital Skills

Employability and Progression to Further Learning and Work

These qualifications are designed to help learners develop skills, attributes and values which will enable them to overcome barriers to employment and further study.

The most popular qualifications in our Employability suite are our Work Preparation qualifications available at Entry 3Level 1 and Level 2.

Popular qualifications in our Progression to Further Learning and Work suite are:

Employability and Progression to Further Learning and Work


Ascentis offers a range of vocational AEB funded qualifications that can be used individually or as part of a wider programme of learning.

Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention and Control – this qualification is designed to give learners a good understanding of the causes of infection and how these can be controlled in relevant settings, such as hospitals and care homes. It is mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS), and can be delivered in the workplace, as a classroom-based course or as a blended learning programme.

Online Enrichment

Level 2 Award in Mental Health & Well-being – this qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge and understanding of different types of conditions, the impacts of mental health and how to support themselves and others. It’s accompanied by free interactive online learning resources and a learner assessment booklet that can be used to build a portfolio of evidence.

To find out more about these qualifications contact us or book a meeting with one of our qualifications experts who can advise on bespoke qualification packages to support your learners, as well as how to maximise any underspent AEB budget.
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“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.”

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Ascentis in association with e-Memoir Suitable for Directors of Curriculum, Access to HE Managers, Planning and Funding Managers and Data Managers. Access to HE provision is an important part of the FE and skills offer for adults seeking to progress to HE programmes but it is facing significant challenges in the new FE and skills environment. The Skills and Post-16 Education Act and Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill as well as the reviews of qualifications at level 3 and below, greater devolution of adult funding, increased use of remote learning, and the introduction of T levels, will together put significant pressure on FE colleges and other providers to review their curriculum offer and delivery. This one-hour webinar will provide you with the most up-to-date information on the future of Access to HE in light of these changes, and some insights into how providers might respond. It will cover • The importance and scope of Access to HE programmes • Funding of Access to HE programmes – Adult Education Budget and Advanced Learner Loans • Implications of the levelling up agenda for delivery of Access to HE – upskilling and retraining • Effective delivery mechanisms, including flexible and online learning – actions to support learners • Future prospects for Access to HE, including progression into higher apprenticeships • How Ascentis can enhance your Access to HE offer

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