Which Awarding Organisations are approved to offer the Bridging Programme qualification?

Image: Which Awarding Organisations are approved to offer the Bridging Programme qualification?There are currently two Awarding Organisations approved to offer the Bridging Programme Qualification. These are:

OCN London
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Future Awards & Qualifications Ltd
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Please contact these organisations directly for more information about offering the Bridging Skills qualification.

How do Awarding Organisations gain Skills for Health approval?

There are two stages to approving an Awarding Organisation to offer the Bridging Programme qualification:

Stage 1

  • The Awarding Organisation uses the supplied guidance and pro forma to assemble the information Skills for Health will need to approve the Awarding Organisation to offer the Bridging Programme qualification. The pro forma includes a Skills for Health mail address to return the information we need.
  • If you need help or advice from Skills for Health on getting started, or want to have an initial exploratory discussion, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stage 2

  • Once Skills for Health is satisfied your Awarding Organisation has met the requirements (summarised below), you will need to request login details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Skills for Health online qualification support tool. When submitting your request for support via the online tool, you will need to complete the relevant qualification details and on review, Skills for Health will issue a formal letter of support for your Ofqual submission.

In practice, if after initial discussion with Skills for Health the Awarding Organisation is satisfied it can meet Skills for Health requirements, the devising and approval of the benchmark assessments is likely to take the most time.

In summary, Awarding Organisations are expected to:

  • Meet Skills for Health requirements on the provision of benchmark assessments.
  • Share the qualification units and structure on the same terms with other Awarding Organisations and collaborate on standardisation of assessment decisions.
  • Approve only those FE providers that have progression arrangements in place with one of the HEIs committed to accepting Bridging Programme applicants

 Awarding Organisations should expect and guide providers/employers to:

  • Use the Awarding Organisation’s approved benchmark assessments to assess achievement of the Bridging Programme qualification and to inform curriculum design.
  • Integrate study skills learning and assessment into the learner's vocational programme

and or:

  • Build and assess the development and acquisition of study skills using the knowledge and skills already acquired through vocational qualification and work experience.
  • Devise a personalised assessment plan for each learner, one which builds towards level 3 study skills achievement from the learner's starting point.