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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


GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Draft Specification

Level 2 CCPLD: Core

Draft Specification

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core Qualification Handbook

Draft Specification

Consultation Documents

To view additional consultation documents relating to the HCLW series, visit the City and Guilds website

The new 'Health and Social Care, and Childcare website is now live!

L Information for learners
L Information for employers
L Information for centres / training providers

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

Subject Support Officer (Health and Social Care)

Hilary Wyman
029 2026 5333

Subject Support Officer (Childcare)

Tania Lucas
029 2026 5343