Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the health and social care sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in health and social care or other related sectors.
The Skills for Health and Social Care qualifications form part of our Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 2 credits and at least 4 further credits from Group M or Group O1 – Optional units.
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M worth a minimum of 2 credits.
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
Principles and Values in Health and Social Care, Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
Working in Health and Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Learners may complete up to 2 units worth 4 or more credits from Group 01 – Optional Units.
Effective Communication in Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childcare
Healthy Eating and Drinking for Adults
Protection and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
Working with Others in Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
What is the purpose of this qualification?
It is anticipated that this qualification 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
• Principles and Values in Health and Social Care, Adults and Children and Young People, Early Years and Childcare
• 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, Certificate and Diploma. 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 Skills for Health and Social Care (Adults and Children).
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.
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