Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
We looked at our current offer in the Health and Social Care sector and saw that there were a lot of units that needed indicative content added or in some cases other amendments to ensure that the Health and Social Care qualifications offered by Gateway Qualifications remained up to date and desirable for centres to offer to their learners.
We carried out a full review of all units that are currently in the ‘Skills for Health and Social Care’ qualification suite. Several new units have been created and others have been updated to ensure that our qualifications are fit for purpose and support progression. We have added indicative content to existing and new units and, in some cases, have amended credit values and guided learning hours (GLH) in response to feedback from centres. For these reasons, we believe that our new ‘Health and Care’ qualification suite supports the changes within the Health and Social Care sector.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 3 credits and 3 further credits from Group M or Group O1 – Optional Units: Health and Care.
A minimum of 3 credits must be completed from this group
Effective Communication in Health and Social Care and Child Care
Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Person-Centred Support in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Working in Health and Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
A minimum of 3 credits must be completed from this group.
Growth and Development of Young Children
Health and Safety in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Leisure Activities for Adults
Planning a Healthy Diet
Play Activities for Young Children
Principles and Values in Health and Social Care, Adults and Children and Young People and Child Care
Protection and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification provides a basic, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to health and care.
It is available to learners of any age, however it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Entry level before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 1.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides a basic, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to health and social care. Mandatory units include at least one of:
• Working in Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
• Effective Communication in Health and Social Care and Child Care
• Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
• Person-Centred Support in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award and Certificate. Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in health and social care before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in health and social care such as care assistant, ancillary worker.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 1 certificate or diploma in Health and Social Care, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Health and Care.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).
How to find a learning aim
If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.