Awarding organisations

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Our partnership with awarding organisations

To ensure that qualifications are portable and nationally agreed, we work in partnership with awarding organisations who are committed to delivering high quality qualifications developed with the sector.

Between them they have a wide range of learning providers delivering the qualifications across England.

You can find out more about the qualifications people need for a career in care, and where they are provided, by getting in touch with any of the awarding organisations listed below.

This year, we will be working particularly closely with the following six awarding organisations to support the migration of qualifications to the new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  • City and Guilds
  • Future Awards and Qualifications
  • Highfield ABC
  • NCFE
  • Pearson
  • Skillsfirst Awards


City & Guilds

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A global leader in skills development, the City & Guilds Group connects skills and jobs so people and organisations can progress.

Made up of City & Guilds, ILM and City & Guilds Kineo, we work with education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, to provide work-relevant education and training.

We have a wide offer in Health and Social Care, from qualifications and Apprenticeships to support materials, from Level 1 to Level 5.

We are ideal for individuals who are considering a career in Health or Social Care and also for those already working in this Industry.


Future Awards and Qualifications

Future Quals

Future™ Awards and Qualifications is a forward thinking awarding organisation that offers a diverse range of Apprenticeships, qualifications, benefits and support.

We put customer service at the heart of all we do for our training providers and our employers.

We have developed a deep understanding and insight into the needs of all sizes and ty

The qualifications we offer in health and social care are suitable for preparing to work in the sector, starting a career in the sector or for professional development, covering entry level to level 5 in a vast range of areas.pes of customers, working in partnership to deliver the range of health and social care qualifications and apprenticeships to meet the needs of their clients. Along with this we offer a wide range of support for our learners, assessors and verifiers.

We also offer complimentary qualifications for the sector, for example, business administration, hospitality and catering, cleaning, transport as well as many other areas.

Our qualifications are nationally recognised helping your learners achieve their potential and ambitions.


Highfield Awarding Body for ComplianceHABC logo

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for compliance.

With over 200 qualifications covering a diverse range of sectors, HABC awards over 200,000 certificates every year, has 3,000 approved centres across 30 countries and is regarded as a specialist in many of the fields it offers qualifications in qualifications, Apprenticeships and work-based learning.

HABC offers a range of qualifications and Apprenticeships in both the health and social care and children and young people’s sectors, covering a variety of disciplines and ability levels, ensuring that we have something that fits your business and is right for your learners.




Passionate, dynamic and committed to changing lives through learning - NCFE is an awarding organisation with a heart. NCFE designs, develops and certificates diverse, nationally recognised qualifications, benefitting over two million learners across the UK in the past 10 years. 

NCFE believes that education can help every individual to achieve their full potential. It’s what NCFE stands for and it’s why it exists.  

NCFE is a registered educational charity with a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. Dynamic and responsive, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and unique, friendly approach.

Social care and healthcare are two of NCFE’s core sectors, with an extensive range of qualifications, Apprenticeships and units to help up skill the workforce in these growing areas. 



Pearson is the world's leading learning company. We have a simple mission: to help people make more of their lives through learning. 

Whether it's at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is the key to improving our life chances. To this end, Pearson in the UK brings together leading names in education to provide a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training and technology to make learning more engaging and effective.

We are the UK's largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). We offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked, with educational excellence rooted in names like Edexcel, BTEC, EDI and LCCI.

Our aim is to support people in the health and social care workplace. Our health and social care qualifications range from Level 1 to 5 and are suitable for learners who are considering a career in health or social care, or for those who already work in the sector.

Our Apprenticeships, competency qualifications, traineeships, BTECs and continuing professional development (CPD) qualifications and programmes offer progression to the individual learner, whilst helping businesses grow with a well trained workforce.


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Skillsfirst Awards is an awarding organisation committed to designing, developing and certificating a diverse range of nationally recognised qualifications.

With over 75 years of collective experience in the adult education sector, Skillsfirst’s passionate and talented team have an in-depth understanding of the world of work-based learning. We use this knowledge every day to deliver simple, seamless service with the learner at its heart.

We are exceptionally proud to say that more than 250,000 learners in the UK have achieved a Skillsfirst qualification since the company first launched in 2010. If you are interested in moving your career forward, developing your business, or becoming an approved centre, don’t hesitate to contact us.


We will also be working in partnership with:

  • Gateway Qualifications
  • I Can Qualify
  • Innovate Awarding
  • NOCN
  • OCR
  • SQA

New Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

If you’re an awarding organisation and want to submit a qualification to Skills for Care for approval against a specification, please read our approval process.



Guidance for learning providers

We’re offering help to learning providers on all the new changes to social care qualifications and Apprenticeships

”By understanding the sector better you can improve your offer and potentially increase your business too”



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