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Introducing FQP – Focus on Quality Provision… How would you like to have the freedom to develop non-regulated qualifications that meet the specific needs and requirements of your learners? You can! You just need to apply to become a Focus Awards Approved Centre. Our Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) endorsement offers Approved Centres the facility to get their own bespoke, specialist, or CPD courses accredited by Focus Awards. Bespoke Qualifications are uniquely designed and tailored for your organisation. If you have training needs with measurable learning outcomes and assessment criteria, but they don’t fit into the regulated qualification framework, then you can design and create them in-house through your own specialist knowledge and expertise. We can help with the process if you need it (hint: we develop qualifications every day!), and we’ll validate them for you in accordance with our quality criteria. Your organisation decides on content and makes the judgement call on levels of achievement – after all, you’re the subject matter experts. Better still, you retain all ownership and intellectual property rights; they’re YOUR qualifications. The approval process is simple and can take just 7 days as long as you meet the approval criteria. You can apply online here. Following your application to offer FQP, we review your management systems and internal quality assurance arrangements. This satisfies us you have robust systems in place to develop your qualifications and materials, together with appropriately qualified staff to assess and quality assure your provision. By endorsing non-regulated qualifications for our Approved Centres, we help learners choose products and learning providers that have been through a rigorous quality assurance process. On successful completion of an FQP endorsed non-regulated qualification, learners are awarded a Certificate of Achievement that evidences and demonstrates the new skills, knowledge, and competence your learners have achieved by training with you. It helps them gain a sense of achievement, and reassures them their hard work is worthwhile and valued. Their certificate shows others they have achieved a qualification requiring dedication, hard work, and subject matter knowledge. The certificates carry your logo as well as that of Focus Awards, validating the quality of your training.

Enterpreneurship Business management Yes
Higher Level Teaching Assistant Direct Learning Support Yes
SEN Teaching Assistant Direct Learning Support Yes
Teaching Assistant Direct Learning Support Yes
Study Skills Preparation for Work Yes
Introduction to Nursing Health and Social Care Yes
Personal Trainer Sports,Leisure and Recreation Yes
Counselling and Psychotherapy Business Management Yes
Sports Coaching Sports,Leisure and Recreation Yes
Wedding Planning and Events Management Business Management Yes
Beauty Therapy Beauty Therapy Yes
Human Resource Management Business Management Yes

Focus on Quality Provision

We are able to provide you with high quality resources and materials for each of the non-regulated qualification subject matter areas listed below. They may be used to enhance your own bespoke course delivery, and are available at very competitive prices.

The materials have been written to a very high standard and closely reflect those produced commercially for similar subject areas in the regulated sector.

Do you have students who are budding entrepreneurs? Are they keen to develop their enterprise skills? This fantastic course gives them the knowledge and skills to do just that, and will help them develop and spot some exciting entrepreneurial opportunities along the way. Whether they want to contribute to an existing successful business or set up and run their own, this course is for them.

  • Is Entrepreneurship for you?
  • What is Entrepreneurship?
  • Planning for your Business
  • Analysing your Marketplace
  • Funding your Business
  • The Marketing Plan

Brand-new and revised, this Higher Level Teaching Assistant course will fully prepare your learners to take their place alongside a qualified teacher in any school in the UK. They will gain a real insight into education by studying the course, and it will provide them with the skills and knowledge to be able to take part in a wide range of classroom support activities. It will help them gain employment, and possibly whet their appetite to become a fully Qualified Teacher.

  • Role of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Supporting Child Development in School
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Behaviour Issues
  • Working with Pupils without the Presence of a Class Teacher
  • Self-Reflection
  • Developing Positive Relationships
  • Communicating with Children, Colleague, Parents and Carers
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Curriculum Planning and Assessment
  • The National Curriculum
  • Teaching and Learning Resources
  • ICT in the Curriculum
  • Professional Development

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. So, in these difficult times, students will never have a better opportunity to get themselves qualified to operate in this vibrant, positive educational environment.

  • What are Special Educational Needs?
  • Theory of Special Needs
  • The Big Picture of Special Educational Needs Provision
  • SEN Provision in Schools
  • Observation, Testing and Assessment
  • Supporting Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Aiding Speech and Language Difficulties
  • Managing Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties
  • Supporting Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Supporting Blindness and Visual Impairment
  • Physical Impairment and Cerebral Palsy
  • Deafness and Hearing Impairment
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Dyscalculia and Numeracy
  • Using Technology
  • Supporting Children in Education
  • Providing Support at Home and Choosing the Right School
  • Finding a Job in SEN

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. So, in these difficult times, students will never have a better opportunity to get themselves qualified to operate in this vibrant, positive educational environment.
The course has been fully revised to reflect the recent changes in the teaching environment, and the wider educational world. It specifically provides information about how teachers plan and prepare lessons, deliver their subject matter, and assess students. The role of Teaching Assistant can be crucial in facilitating those processes.

  • The role of a Teaching Assistant
  • Child Development
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Health and Safety
  • Personal Development
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Developing Professional Relationships
  • Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supporting Assessment for Learning
  • Communication
  • Schools as Organisations

In a nutshell, this course teaches students how to study! They will learn how to de-conflict their time effectively in order to squeeze their learning into an already busy day. Students will learn highly-effective methods, tried and tested by generations of learners from all walks of life and using a variety of study methods, to help break down learning materials into “bite sized chunks” that even a child could manage.

  • Time Management
  • Reading
  • Note Taking
  • Exams

Working with the bereaved is an important aspect of counselling. The intense grief, sense of loss, and depression that follows bereavement can be difficult for even the most balanced and optimistic individual to deal with. For some it’s almost unbearable, and demands the personal attention of a trained counsellor to find the way through the desperation felt by the sufferer.

This manual gives an insight into the techniques and methods used to identify and help alleviate the symptoms and causes.

  • Introduction to Grief and Bereavement
  • Signs of Grief and Bereavement
  • Grief and Bereavement in Daily Life
  • Stages of Grief and Bereavement
  • Family Grief
  • Psychotherapy Models of Grief and Bereavement
  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling Strategies

This manual is invaluable for the student thinking of entering the profession of nursing. It begins with an introduction to the health care system and nursing as a profession, and presents its history in the context of how that history has contributed to the development of the NHS, and our modern nursing systems and processes. Component parts of the nursing process are described and explained in some detail.

The student learns to apply knowledge from behavioural and biological sciences, the adoption of clinical observations and safe practices, and the implementation of the disciplines of infection control in order. These will underpin and put in place a strong foundation for their nursing career. Concepts related to nursing care theory, communication, health teaching, community and ethical/legal aspects are all introduced.

  • The History and Development of Nursing
  • The Nursing Process
  • Healthcare System
  • Clinical Observations and Safe Practices
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Effects of Exercise on the Body
  • The Components of Fitness
  • Applying the Principles and Variables of Fitness to an Exercise Programme
  • Exercise Contraindications and Key Safety Guidelines for Special Populations
  • Collecting Information Relating to Nutrition
  • The Health Benefits of Physical Activity
  • The Importance of Healthy Eating
  • Bones, Skeleton and Joints
  • The Muscular System
  • Structure and Function of the Cardiovascular System
  • Structure and Function of the Respiratory System
  • Energy Systems
  • Components and Principles of Fitness
  • Fitness Program Design
  • Anaerobic and Aerobic Training
  • Adaptation to Stretching and Training Methods
  • Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Power Development
  • Speed Agility Training
  • Fitness Testing
  • Sports Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Basics of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Types of Therapy
  • Reasons for Seeking Therapy
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Pharmaceutical Treatments and Trauma Work
  • Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Delivery
  • Legislation and Good Practice
  • Introduction to Wedding Planning and Events Management
  • What to Charge for Your Services
  • Wedding Planning
  • Event Management
  • Venue Selection
  • Managing the Budget
  • Food and Catering
  • Staffing
  • Entertainment
  • Health and Safety
  • Liability and Insurance
  • Health and Safety
  • Salon Conduct
  • Anatomy and Basic Skin Care
  • Skin Care and Facials
  • Enhance Facial Appearance Using Makeup
  • Improving the Appearance and Condition of the Nails
  • Remove and Lighten Hair
  • Improving the Appearance of Eyebrows and Lashes
  • Work Environments for Beauty Therapy Professionals
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Human Resource Strategy and Organisation
  • Management, Unions and Employees
  • The Labour Market and Human Resource Planning
  • Contracts of Employment, Recruitment, and Selection
  • Grievance, Disciple and Dismissal
  • Reward
  • The National Health Service
  • Health and Social Care Legislation
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Ill Health
  • Childcare
  • Mental Health
  • Social Care
  • Abuse
  • Pet Evolution
  • Dog Communication
  • Normal Canine Behaviour
  • Understanding Canine Behaviour
  • Common Psychiatric Canine Challenges
  • Canine Anxiety, Fear and Aggression
  • Cat Communication
  • Normal Feline Behaviour
  • Understanding Feline Actions
  • Common Feline Psychiatric Challenges
  • Feline Anxiety, Fear and Aggression
  • Rabbit Psychology
  • What is a Virtual Assistant?
  • How to Market Yourself as a Virtual Assistant
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Recruiting Staff
  • Fraud and Theft
  • The Business Plan
  • Customer Care
  • Internet Basics
  • Meeting Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Planning
  • Proof-Reading
  • Managing Stress
  • Time Management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Professionalism in the Salon Environment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Skin
  • Skin Analysis
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Contraindications and Contra Actions
  • Preparations
  • Consultation Techniques and Treatment Objectives
  • Providing the Treatment
  • Communication
  • Health and Safety
  • Aftercare
  • Health and Safety
  • Contra-Indications
  • Brief Nail Anatomy
  • Nail Diseases and Disorders
  • Products, Tools and Equipment
  • Treatment Procedure and Consultation
  • Nail Art Methods
  • Aftercare Advice
  • Professionalism in the Salon Environment
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Contra-Indications and Contra-Actions
  • Nail Diseases and Disorders
  • Massage Movements and Benefits
  • Preparations
  • Consultation Techniques and Treatment Objectives
  • Nail and Skin Analysis
  • Products, Tools and Equipment
  • Providing the Treatment
  • Communication
  • Health and Safety
  • Aftercare
  • Introduction to Definitions and Roles
  • Psychological Research
  • Use of Criminal Psychology to Understand Crime
  • Use in Criminal Investigations
  • Use of Prosecutions
  • Use on Convicted Criminals
  • Business Management
  • Project Management
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing
  • Delegating Responsibility and Authority
  • Employee Relations
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Equality and Diversity