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 a total of 6 credits. They must complete at least one unit from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling a minimum of 3 credits and 3 further credits from either Group M or Group O1 (Optional units: Health and Care).
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M worth a minimum of 3 credits.
Communication in Health and Social Care
Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
Person-Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care
Working in Health and Social Care
Learners may complete 3 or more credits from Group O1 – Optional Units: Health and Care.
Activity Provision in Health and Social Care
Basic First Aid Principles
Care of the Elderly
Dealing with Loss and Grief in Health and Social Care
Digital Skills for Work
Duty of Care in Health and Social Care
Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Infection Prevention and Control in Health and Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
Maintaining Quality Standards in the Health and Social Care Sector
Protection and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
Support Individuals to Eat and Drink
Supporting an Individual to be Part of a Community
Team Work in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
Understand How to Handle Information in Social Care Settings
Understanding Risk within Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings
What is the purpose of this qualification?
It is anticipated that the qualification will be of specific relevance to:
• Young people interested in a career in the health and care sector who intend, but are not yet ready, to access level 3 qualifications or an advanced apprenticeship.
• Young people and adults usually with prior attainment at level 1 and below, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the health and care sector but need a broad grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills before applying for work.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification provides a range of introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to health and care, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the health and care sector and across other sectors. Mandatory units include:
• Working in Health and Social Care
• Person-Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care
• Communication in Health and Social Care
• Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector (such as disability awareness, first aid, food safety) alongside generic employability skills (such as leadership skills and setting and meeting targets at work).
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 care before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 3 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to a number of roles in health and social care such as healthcare assistant, community care worker, older people support worker.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 3 certificate or diploma in Health and Social Care in any of the available pathways, including Tech level qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health and Social Care or Early Years, or to an advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care in any of the available pathways.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification although they will benefit from having English and Maths skills at level 1. 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.
A free resource pack is available for this qualification.
We have pre-selected some of the most popular units used in short courses for adults and created a resource pack to support online, blended and face-to-face teaching and learning.
Units in this qualification with resources:
- Person-Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care
- Team Work in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Each pack contains:
- Teacher Delivery Guide – This guide summarises the delivery of the units and helps provide a structured, blended approach to the delivery of the units for face-to-face, remote delivery, or a mixture of both. The teaching and learning activities included can be adapted to meet the diverse needs and profile of learners.
- Learner Pack – This pack includes guidance for learning activities which will help learners to think about what they have been discussing with the teacher and the rest of the group. There are also assessment tasks which can be used as evidence for the qualification. Finally, there are checklists where learners can assess their own skills development and progress and record sheets for activities observed by the teacher.
- Teacher Resource PowerPoint – a ready-to-deliver PowerPoint presentation for each unit, featuring videos and activities for learners, along with comprehensive notes for teaching staff.
These resources are available free of charge to Centres approved with Gateway Qualifications. They can be downloaded from our Prism system and can be found on the “Documents” tab of the relevant qualification.