Ascentis Arrangements for Vocational Qualifications in 2020-21

Update 19/02/2021:

Please continue to refer to content on this page and associated guidance which is relevant to arrangements for Ascentis qualifications in 2020-21.

For Ofqual, CCEA & Qualifications Wales Regulated Provision:

The regulators launched a consultation in January 2021 on Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021and this has now closed.  Following the outcome of the consultation, Ascentis will communicate with centres on any alternative arrangements for awarding in 2021. Centres may continue to hold face-to-face assessments in centres where it is safe and appropriate to do so. Where assessments are still taking place, these must be conducted in line with the requirements of the Ascentis qualification.

Learners will continue to be able to take assessments at a later date, and in the event that is not possible for some, Ofqual have confirmed that arrangements will be put in place to ensure those learners are not disadvantaged.

The current arrangements for 2020-21: the Extended ERF

This is the current regulatory framework which builds on the previous VTQ framework (ERF) that we implemented over the summer of 2020.

The purpose of the EERF is to enable Awarding Organisations to assist with mitigating the impact of disruption to teaching, learning and assessment, and any ongoing disruption to or restrictions on the delivery of assessments, through the adaptation of qualifications and assessments. 

Ascentis identified some qualifications where adaptations will be permitted in 2020-21 under the Extended ERF. This will apply to the following Ascentis qualifications only:

Please click on the qualifications above to find out more information on the adaptations which are permitted currently under the EERF.

These adaptations are in place for learners who sit assessments or are due to complete their qualification by 31st July 2021.

Where an adaptation is not clearly specified for a qualification, these must be delivered, assessed and internally verified in line with the normal requirements of the qualification specification and no adaptation should be made that compromises these standards.  

To further support you, we are continuing to host QA webinars on the above qualifications.  Please visit our Events page here for further information or to book a place. 

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Quality Assurance Team at

Access to HE Qualifications

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have published the arrangements for Access to HE qualifications in 2020-21.  Ascentis have communicated with Centre Coordinators regarding the outcome of the QAA consultation and arrangements for 2020-21.  Please initially discuss with your Centre Coordinator if you have any questions.  Your centres allocated Ascentis Quality Assurance Manager will be able to support you with any queries you may have throughout this academic year.    

Supportive Documents:

Ascentis has a range of useful subject-specific resources to support all aspects of the delivery of our qualifications. For example, our brand new ESOL Skills for Life Handbook and Community Interpreting Centre Guidance. These documents and others are located in the Login Area of the Ascentis Website. 

EQA Activity:

All EQA activity will be completed remotely until further notice. Your allocated Centre Quality Reviewer and External Quality Assurer(s) should have been in contact to discuss arrangements for 2020-21. If you require further information on EQA activity, please contact  

Contact Information and Support

Our Customer Support Team will continue to support you in 2020-21, our main contact number is 01524 845046 or alternatively please email them at

If you need to get in touch with one of our teams, you can contact them directly on the following emails:

Staff will continue to respond to their emails; this will be the preferred method of communication.

Your centre

If circumstances occur which may further impact your learners please ensure that you inform us immediately so that we are better able to support you.   


Centres have the option to receive e-Certificates only or hard copy certificates and e-Certificates.

Due to the national lockdown, all our staff are working remotely at the moment therefore the production of hard copy certificates has been paused. E-Certificates are available to download once results have been processed.

If you have any questions regarding certificates then please email the Registration, Verification and Certification Team at


In the meantime if you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual contact here at Ascentis or contact us at


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