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Health and Social Care, and Childcare in Wales

New qualifications – September 2019.

From September 2019 City & Guilds/WJEC will be the sole provider of a new suite of fundable health and social care, and childcare qualifications in Wales.

Qualifications Wales is leading a process to streamline skills and raise standards across the health and social care, and childcare sectors. This new approach includes the development of a new suite of qualifications covering levels 1 – 5, and features clear progression routes for learners to both employment and further study.

City & Guilds/WJEC bring together the strength of two market leading awarding organisations in qualifications and skills development. We strongly believe in empowering people with opportunities for the future. Our aims during the development and implementation of this new suite of qualifications are to help people get into a job, get on in the job and go further. We will help do this by:

    • driving up standards in health and social care, and childcare in Wales
    • developing learning programmes and assessments that meet employers needs by putting them at the heart of development
    • providing learners with clear progression routes so they understand their next potential career steps
    • achieving the ambition of empowering a bilingual nation

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GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Draft Specification

Consultation Documents

Share your thoughts on the new Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Theory and Practice qualifications

Level 2

Level 3

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L Information for learners

Why are health and social Care, and childcare qualifications in Wales changing?

Qualification Wales' review of qualifications in the health and social care sector found that a number of changes should be made to make sure that the qualifications are fit for purpose and prepare learners for work and further study in a fast-developing environment.

When will these changes be made?

These new qualifications will be introduced from 1st September 2019.

What happens if I have already begun study for a qualification in health, social care or childcare?

If you are already studying for a qualification in health, social care and/or childcare before September 2019, you will not be affected by these changes. You will continue your learning until the completion of the qualification. We will provide information to help you to explore what progression opportunities may be available to you.

I already have a qualification in health, social care and/or childcare – will these qualifications still be recognised by employers?

If you hold one of the qualifications currently required for your role e.g. listed in the Qualifications Framework for the Social Care Sector in Wales or the Required List of Qualifications for Early Years and Childcare in Wales, this will still be recognised and accepted for practice.

Will I be able to complete these qualifications in school, college and employment?

The range of qualifications will offer you a number of ways to build your knowledge, skills and competence to work, or continue your learning, in the sector. There are routes best suited to schools, colleges, work-based learning or employment.

Will the new qualifications enable me to progress to college and university?

Yes. We have designed qualifications which can help you progress on to further study, such as college or university, through a range of different pathways. We are working with universities to ensure they are aware of the new qualifications’ content and assessment methods and will be working with UCAS to allocate tariff points for specific level 3 qualifications. As the qualifications are developed further we will provide information that will help you explore what progression opportunities are available to you.

Will the new qualifications enable me to progress to and within employment?

Yes. The new qualifications have been designed to prepare you more thoroughly for employment. The introduction of our new ‘core’ qualification will give you the key knowledge and understanding needed to start a career in health, social care or childcare. If you are currently working within the sector, the new qualifications will support your progression further in employment.

Will I be able to take the new qualifications through the medium of Welsh?

Yes, all of the new qualifications will be available through the medium of Welsh. Please check with individual training providers and schools about the availability of the qualifications through the medium of Welsh.

Who can I contact for further information?

In spring 2018 City & Guilds/WJEC will provide a new website with regularly updated information and events to help support the delivery of the new suite of qualifications. In the meantime Qualifications Wales, City & Guilds and WJEC websites will provide information about the development of these qualifications.

For further information, please email us at: HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk

L Information for employers

Why are Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications in Wales changing?

Qualifications Wales' review of qualifications in the health & social care and childcare sector found that a number of changes should be made to the qualifications to make sure that they meet the needs of both learners and employers in Wales

The new qualifications will reduce complexity and raise quality of the learning outcomes and experience, which are so crucial to the best care and support. Social Care Wales and the NHS in Wales are fully supportive of this vision and are active partners in the development process.

When will these changes be made?

The new qualifications will be available for first teaching from 1st September 2019.

How will these changes impact my organisation?

Your organisation may be affected in the following ways:

    • From 2019, the new qualifications will be available for public funding and will be the only integrated health and social care, and childcare qualifications available for public funding in Wales (with the exception of some more specialist qualifications in health);
    • The subject content, structure and size of the new qualifications may differ from those currently available;
    • A new core qualification will be introduced; this will align with revised induction standards to help streamline learning for new workers.

Will my employees who are already working towards a qualification be able to undertake these qualifications?

The new qualifications will be available to learners who register for study on, or after, 1 September 2019. Current qualifications will continue to be funded up until September 2019 and there will be a transition period to allow learners who are already working towards a qualification to be able to complete their study. If your employee is already working towards a qualification, their learning will not be affected and they will continue their study until they complete their qualification.

Will I be able to recruit trained staff from colleges and other work-based learning courses?

Yes. We are working with a wide range of sector representatives, and Qualifications Wales to ensure that the qualifications contain relevant and up-to-date content and develop the knowledge, skills and competence needed within the workplace. Additionally, the introduction of the ‘core’ qualification will ensure that all learners develop the key knowledge and understanding needed to begin to work within the sector, and will support progression without duplicating learning.

Will staff need to retrain?

Existing qualifications will continue to be valued and recognised, but continuing professional development is important to ensure that workers stay up to date with their knowledge and skills development.

Who can I contact for further information?

In spring 2018 City & Guilds/WJEC will provide a new website with regularly updated information and events to help support the delivery of the new suite of qualifications. In the meantime Qualifications Wales, City & Guilds and WJEC websites will provide information about the development of these qualifications.

For further information, please email us at: HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk

L Information for centres / training providers

When will these changes be made?

The new qualifications will be available for first teaching from September 2019. Only learners who register for study on or after 1 September 2019 will take the new qualifications. The existing qualifications will remain in place until that date. Final certification of the current qualifications will then take place in 2021.

How will these changes affect my organisation?

The new qualifications will be restricted approved qualifications and therefore will be the only qualifications in health and social care, and childcare which feature on the Qualifications in Wales (QiW) database. This means that they will be the only version of these qualifications that will be eligible for public funding. From September 2019, these will also be the only versions of these qualifications that will feature in apprenticeship frameworks.

Will I need to change the awarding body that I use?

The new qualifications are being developed by City & Guilds and WJEC. If you are not currently using qualifications provided by either these organisations, you will be required to change to these awarding bodies by 1st September 2019.

What other changes may impact my organisation?

Your organisation may be impacted in the following ways:

    • From 2019, the health and social care, and childcare qualifications currently being delivered may no longer be eligible for public funding, for example, through apprenticeship frameworks (other than for learners midway through, or those who have started their qualifications);
    • From 2019, the new qualifications will be available for public funding and will be the only health and social care and childcare qualifications available for public funding in Wales;
    • The subject content, structure and size of the new qualifications will differ from the ones you currently use;
    • External verification and the balance between internal and external assessment may change;
    • A new core qualification will be introduced, that aligns with revised induction standards to help streamline learning for new learners.

Will the new qualifications be available through the medium of Welsh?

Yes, all of the new qualifications will have handbooks, specifications and sample assessments available through the medium of Welsh and English. All external assessments will be available through the medium of Welsh, and centres will be provided with support to also make internal assessment available through the medium of Welsh.

What resources and training will be available?

There will be a range of resources available, through the medium of English and Welsh, including handbooks, specifications and sample assessments. City & Guilds / WJEC will provide a comprehensive programme of bilingual training events, information and resources to get centres and providers ready to deliver the new qualifications.

What about learners who are already working towards a qualification?

The new qualifications will be available to learners who register for qualifications on or after 1 September 2019. Current qualifications will continue to be funded up until September 2019 and there will be a transition period to allow learners who are already working towards a qualification to be able to complete. Learners who are already working towards a qualification will not be affected, and they will continue their study until they complete their qualification by 2021.

Who can I contact for further information?

In spring 2018 City & Guilds/WJEC will provide a new website with regularly updated information and events to help support the delivery of the new suite of qualifications. In the meantime Qualifications Wales, City & Guilds and WJEC websites will provide information about the development of these qualifications.

For further information, please email us at: HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk

Timeline of reform

City & Guilds/WJEC are working together to be the sole provider of fundable health and social care, and childcare qualifications in Wales from September 2019. To help prepare centres and learners the following activities are planned:

March – April 2018

Qualifications Wales will be holding engagement events across Wales to discuss key aspects of the new qualifications. Including the qualification aims, structure, titles, grading and types of assessment.

April to December 2018

During this time City & Guilds/WJEC will be hosting a series of consultation activities to discuss the qualifications content an assessment in more detail.

City & Guilds/WJEC will submit draft qualifications in stages to Qualifications Wales – draft versions will be available over this period of time.

Autumn 2018

City & Guilds/WJEC will be holding training events for centres wishing to deliver the new qualifications.

September 2019

New suite of qualifications to be delivered to learners.

Get In Touch

Our subject specialists are on hand to answer any of your queries about these qualifications

Subject Officer

Allison Candy
029 2026 5093
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk

Subject Support Officer (Health and Social Care)

Hilary Wyman
029 2026 5333
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk

Subject Support Officer (Childcare)

Tania Lucas
029 2026 5343
HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk