Planning your induction programmes for the academic year 2020-2021

As we begin to move closer to the new academic year, many of you will be starting to plan induction programmes for new learners & staff as well as those returning to the classroom.

Ascentis have an extensive range of Short Online Qualifications which many of our existing centres use to form the basis of their induction programmes.


Why choose Ascentis SOQs?

Ascentis Short Online Qualifications (SOQs) are designed to support learners with their own development, life skills and personal welfare. All of the qualifications within this suite are accompanied by free interactive online resources and are assessed by an online multiple choice e-assessment, which can now be completed remotely. SOQs are fully funded via the Local Flexibility offer and are a cost effective solution for any centre looking to enhance their induction programme.

Developed in line with Government agendas and Ofsted priorities, our SOQs cover a range of topics which are essential within the curriculum. These include:

Brand New for 2020-2021

This new SOQ has been developed in response to COVID-19. It is designed to strengthen centres delivery of this topic so that learners can maintain their own safety from infection as well as the safety of others as they return to college or education settings.


Remote Learning & Assessment

Ascentis SOQs are part of our e-learning offer which means students are able to complete their assessment from almost anywhere. They simply require an internet connection, computer with webcam capability & their smartphone. Our e-invigilation remotely monitors learners taking their assessments and ensures they meet exam condition requirements. We now also provide e-certificates in addition to paper based at no additional cost. These qualifications have become hugely important over the last few months enabling learners to continue their studies from home.


Join our Webinar

If you are interested in finding out more about Short Online Qualifications and how these can be embedded into your offer, we have the following upcoming webinar: Short Online Qualifications Webinar: Induction Programmes and e-Invigilation which you can book by selecting a date & time below.


For any further information please contact [email protected] 

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