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Swindon Scouts

Gateway Qualifications

Level 2 Certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association (QCF)


Alongside the Adult Training Scheme, it is possible for members to work toward external recognition through the training and work they do as an adult in Scouting. The Scout Association has partnership with Gateway Qualifications to provide the Level 2 Certificate in Providing Voluntary Youth Services in The Scout Association (QCF). All adults in Scouting who hold a Section Leader or Assistant Section Leader role are eligible to undertake this certificate.

This qualification is made up of 5 units which have all been assessed at level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF.) Level 2 certification is the equivalent of a GSCE (grade A-C) or an NVQ level 2. The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) recognises qualifications and units by awarding credits, thus mapping qualifications of similar standards. The credit system offers learners increased flexibility with learning pace and transfer of credit values.

Completing the Certificate

The qualification has been designed to ensure that the assessment is practical and reflects the learning and validation criteria of modules within the Adult Training Scheme. Learners working towards their Wood Badge should be able to access both in tandem. The Gateway Qualifications units do not exactly match The Scout Associationís training modules, as one or more modules have been combined to form single units. However, they do cover the same content.

All candidates will need to discuss the completion of this qualification with a Training Adviser, as they will be responsible for supporting them through this process and signing off their units. For learners currently taking part in the Adult Training Scheme, their current Training Adviser can support and assess them. Previous wood badge holders can also complete this qualification but evidence can only be back dated for up to 2 years from sign up date.

To complete the award, candidates must provide evidence of how they meet the assessment criteria for each unit. This is done by submitting a portfolio of evidence. 

Each step of the process required to obtain the certificate is outlined in the Gateway Qualification Certificate Process document.


There is a one off £40 fee which is required to complete this external award. This must be paid at the point of registration. Please speak to your Group Exec and Group Scout Leader if you wish to complete this award as your group may fund you.


Please notify the Local Training Manager of your intention to complete this award; they will ensure you will have a Training Adviser to support you before you are to register with Gateway Qualification through the Adult Support Team at Gilwell Park (you should not contact Gateway Qualifications directly.) Payments are made to Gilwell and not the district.

Should you have any questions please speak to the Local Training Manager.

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