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QCF Health and Social Care (Adults)

These awards are essentially about the delivery of Health and Social Care.

They are relevant to all types of people, from those who already have extensive experience of care work, to those who are about to enter the field for the first time.

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skill and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of Health or Social Care settings including hospitals, care homes, day services or in a person's own home. These awards prove that you have the skills to support people in most aspects of their daily lives

A Diploma in Health and Social Care is flexible to suit all fields of Health and Social Care, including Domiciliary, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Children and Young People.

Learners can select any pathway that suits their role.

These qualifications are assessed at work. For each unit, the assessor will watch and ask questions of the learner as they perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that the learner has built as formal evidence of learning. 

This is the main qualfication required by the Quality Care Commission in England and the Care Councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Level 2 QCF Diploma for Health and Social Care 

You complete nine core units at level 2:

• Introduction to communication in health, social care or children and young people's settings
• Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children and young people's settings
• Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children and young people's settings
• Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• The role of the health and social care worker
• Implement person-centred approaches in health and social care
• Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
• Handle information in health and social care settings
• Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
• Introductory awareness of sensory loss.

You'll also cover specific skills and knowledge for the options you choose. This may include:

• administering medication
• supporting people with disabilities
• working with babies and young children
• helping people to eat and drink.

This level is suitable for:

• Healthcare assistants/Support workers
• Care workers/Assistants/Key workers/Support workers
• Personal assistants.

Level 3 QCF Diploma for Health and Social Care 

There are two pathways available at level 3:

• Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
• Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).

Depending on the pathway chosen, learners will complete either nine (Adults) or fourteen (Children and Young People) core units from a range, among them:

• Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
• Assessment and planning with children and young people
• Promote person-centred approaches in health and social care.

Other topics will include:

• the role of a health and social care worker
• health and safety
• personal development.

The qualification also covers specific skills and knowledge for the options chosen. This may include:

• administering medication
• supporting people with disabilities
• working with babies and young children
• helping people to eat and drink.


Level 5 QCF Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care 

This level will suit people who are responsible for running a facility that provides services for vulnerable children, adults or both. They might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

Learners will undertake one of the following six pathways:

• Children and Young People's Residential Management
• Children and Young People's Management
• Children and Young People's Advanced Practice
• Adults' Residential Management
• Adults' Management
• Adults' Advanced Practice

All the pathways share five core units:

  • Use and develop systems that promote communication
  • Promote professional development
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices
  • Work in partnership in health and social care or children and young people's settings