Portage BTEC Level 3

The National Portage Association (NPA) is a Registered Centre with Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

The Advanced Award in Portage Skills is a nationally recognised BTEC level 3 qualification with the awarding body EdExcel.  Any participant on a Portage Workshop delivered by an NPA Accredited Trainer is eligible to work towards this award, under the supervision of an accredited trainer who is willing to support them.

Additional Information

What does the course cover?

The course requires candidates to produce a portfolio of work which builds upon the content of the Portage Workshop training course.  Candidates must complete and submit ten assignments to an accredited trainer for marking within a timescale agreed between the learner and the trainer.

The learning outcomes of the course are:

  1.  To examine the Portage Model

a)    Explain the requirements of Portage

b)    Analyse the interaction of the 3 elements of the Portage model

c)     Explain the elements of effective home visits

  1. To develop the skills of helping children learn

a)    Develop and use clear language

b)    Analyse planning for success and small steps to learning

c)     Plan and prepare an outcome focused activity

d)    Demonstrate the use of appropriate skills in helping children learn

  1. To evaluate children’s play and behaviour

a)    Explain the importance of play in the learning process

b)    Analyse rewards and children’s behaviour

c)     Explain interventions to change behaviour


For more information on learning outcomes and assignments download the following documents:

BTEC Assignments Learning Outcomes
BTEC Assignment Marking Grid

Who is the course suitable for?

Upon completion of an NPA accredited Portage Workshop, the course is suitable for:

  • Early Years Practitioners working in PVI, maintained and children’s centre settings
  • Childminders
  • Parents and foster carers
  • Speech therapy assistants/language development workers
  • Inclusion development workers
  • Family Support Workers

Why should I complete a BTEC?

Completion of this qualification allows the learner:

  • To gain experience of using Portage principles within the home and in settings with children who have additional needs
  • Work with and learn from parents and other professionals
  • To gain access to support from highly skilled Portage professionals working in the field of early years/SEND
  • Improve their everyday practice to the benefit of all children, not just those with additional needs
  • Develop an understanding of how to achieve real, meaningful inclusion in settings
  • Increase their confidence in working with disabled children
  • Gain a nationally-recognised qualification that could lead to further career progression.