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Gateway Qualifications

Alongside the Adult Training Scheme, it is possible for Members to work towards external recognition through the training and work they do as an adult in Scouting. One organisation which The Scout Association has a partnership with to do this is Gateway Qualifications.

Gateway Qualifications is the new name for Open College Network Eastern Region and replaces The Scout Association’s previous partnership with the Open College Network (OCN). For more information about Gateway Qualifications please click here. 

This certificate provides adult learners in relevant roles across the UK an opportunity to complete a credit-based qualification, which is flexible and accessible to all. Externally recognised accreditation can be beneficial to individuals who wish to demonstrate to someone outside of Scouting (such as an employer) the skills and knowledge that they have gained within their role in Scouting.

The below is intended to provide basic information to prospective candidates. More information is provided on registration.

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

The Scout Association currently offers one qualification with Gateway Qualifications, 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 Association’s 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. If a learner has already completed their Wood Badge for the relevant role, they will need to ask their Local or County/Area/Regional Training Manager to allocate a Training Adviser to them.

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. More information about the assessment criteria and the evidence required are provided upon registration.

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.


To complete the award learners must register with Gateway Qualification through the Adult Support Team at Gilwell Park (they should not contact Gateway Qualifications directly.) Please email adult.support@scouts.org.uk to request the form.

One the application form has been completed by the learner it needs to be signed by their Training Adviser, and should then be sent to Adult Support via adult.support@scouts.org.uk or posted to:

Adult Support,

The Scout Association,

Gilwell Park,



E4 7QW

Guidance for Training Advisers

For a candidate to complete the Gateway Qualifications certificate they need to work with a Training Adviser, as they will be responsible supporting the learner and assessing the units. 

Anyone who is working towards or has completed Module 25 ‘Assessing Learning’ for Training Advisers can assess the Gateway Qualification certificate.

Further information and guidance for Training Advisers about the qualification and supporting a learner through completing it can be found in the below: 

Training Advisers Pack: Gateway Qualifications

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Adult Support on adult.support@scouts.org.uk or use the postal address detailed above.


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