Exemptions Criteria for SASE Frameworks

Transferable Skills (Functional Skills/GCSEs)

The requirements are stated in the frameworks available on this website and the AFO (Apprenticeship Frameworks Online) website and match those stated in the legal Government document called Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE), an extract of which follows below.

An Intermediate Level Apprenticeship framework must specify that an apprentice must achieve (or have achieved) at least one from the following options (a-k):

a. a Functional Skills qualification in English to either Level 1 or Level 2; or

b. a GCSE qualification (with enhanced functional content) in English to either at least grade E (Level 1 equivalent) or at least grade C (Level 2 equivalent). Functional Skills/Key Skills/GCSE (with enhanced functional content) qualifications account for 5 credits each towards the total credit value of the framework; or

c. a Key Skills qualification in Literacy to either Level 1 or Level 2 achieved either before September 2013 as part of the Apprenticeship or before September 2012 and within the 5 years immediately prior to starting an Apprenticeship; or

d. a GCSE qualification in English to at least grade C achieved before September 2012 and within the five years immediately prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

e. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Language to at least grade E achieved before September 2012 and within the five years immediately prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

f. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Literature to at least grade E achieved before September 2012 and within the five years immediately prior to starting the Apprenticeship: or

g. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Language and Literature to at least grade E achieved before September 2012 and within the five years immediately prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

h. a GCSE or O’Level qualification in English to at least grade A achieved before September 2012 and prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

i. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Language to at least grade A achieved before September 2012 and prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

j. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Literature to at least grade A achieved before September 2012 and prior to starting the Apprenticeship; or

k. an A’ Level or AS Level qualification in English Language and Literature to at least grade A achieved before September 2012 and prior to starting the Apprenticeship.

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