The Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL) component of the Diploma complements the Principal Learning. ASL gives learners the chance to deepen or broaden their studies by allowing them to choose qualifications they are interested in, and which are in line with their employment and educational progression goals.
Specialist Learning consists of qualifications related to the specific Line of Learning of the Diploma and the relevant employment sectors. These qualifications support progression within those employment sectors and/or on to further and higher learning.
Additional Learning consists of qualifications generally drawn from outside the learner’s Principal Learning area. Additional Learning should offer broad progression opportunities meeting individual needs, interests and aspirations. In addition, it can be matched to sector needs and market requirements.
To achieve the ASL component of the Diploma, learners complete any combination of approved qualifications to reach the minimum required guided learning hours (glh). These can be Additional and/or Specialist Learning qualifications. Normally this will be at the same level as the Principal Learning, but learners can choose to take all or part of the ASL at one level higher. Learners may also achieve a qualification which is up to 50% larger than the required glh.
Why choose Additional and Specialist Learning qualifications from Edexcel?
Choose Edexcel, and you’ll have access to all the components of the Diploma through the same awarding body at all the levels and for each Line of Learning.
Additional and Specialist Learning in the Diploma catalogue includes a wide range of new and existing Edexcel qualifications, for example:
- BTEC National Awards and First Certificates
- BTEC Short courses, which include specialist qualifications available at 60 glh (all levels), 120 glh (levels 1 and 2 only), 180 glh (all levels) and 360 glh (level 3 only)
- GCSEs and GCEs