Vocational Qualification – Health & Social Care


Health & Social Care/ Childcare

Level 1

These qualifications are for candidates who work or want to develop skills and knowledge required for working in the health and social care or child care sector. They allow candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the health and social care sector. This level is ideal if you’re hoping for a career in health and social care, childcare or are newly in post. It covers the basic knowledge that you will need and that you can build on.

Level 1 are knowledge qualifications that can be used as an introduction to working in adult social care or with children and young people. The qualifications cover a variety of areas, including: equality, diversity and inclusion; introduction to the role of a social care worker; health and safety; and awareness of safeguarding and duty of care.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months

Level 1 Certificate


Health & Social Care

Level 2, 3 Diploma

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of health or social care settings

Level 2 will suit you if you are a care worker or want to get your first care job. If you’re already working in care, you probably work mainly under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

Level 3 is ideal if you’re a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker.

A Diploma in Health and Social Care is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care. Learners can select a pathway that suits their role – for example, working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia or children and young people.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months (depending on level)

Level 2 and 3 Diploma


Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services

Level 5 Diploma

This qualification shows that you have the skills needed to keep a care-provision organisation running smoothly with the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. This qualification gives you the opportunity to build both your managerial and care skills, allowing you to help more people. It also fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children’s homes or adult residential and domiciliary services.

This level will suit you if you are responsible for running a facility that provides services for vulnerable children, adults or both. You might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

Course Length: 2 Years

Level 5 Diploma

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