Qualifications currently available

There are level 1 pre-entry qualifications for people not yet working in social care, but interested in starting a career in the sector.

The diplomas at level 2 to level 5 demonstrate occupational competence and are undertaken by people working within a social care setting.

The Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care have options to take a generic pathway or a specialist dementia or learning disability pathway.

The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care enables experienced staff to develop their skills and specialisms.

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services has six pathways, three for adult services and three for children and young people’s services. The adult pathways are: Adults’ Residential Management, Adults’ Management and Adult’s Advanced Practice.

There are awards and certificates for continuing professional development to allow you to tailor learning to specific job roles.


You can apply for funding to re-claim some of the costs for qualifications through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF). We also have a list of our Skills for Care approved qualifications created under the new RQF which you can apply for funding for.

Skills for Care and Development, awarding organisations and Skills for Health have agreed a set of assessment principles that set out what is expected in relation to how qualifications in social care and health are assessed.

These principles aim to create a consistent approach to the assessment of qualifications in the sector and support awarding organisations’ quality assurance processes.

Due to the changes to the current qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks across all sectors, the two sector skills councils for adult social care and health are working together.

Skills for Care and Skills for Health are seeing these changes as an opportunity to integrate adult care and health qualifications where applicable.

By doing this we are showing our commitment to integration across our sectors, which will give workers in both adult care and health better opportunities and transferability.

  • At Level 2, there will be a common qualification for both health and adult care settings. There will be no barrier to entering either the adult care or health workforces.
  • At Level 3 we are proposing Diploma qualifications in health and in adult care. These will have, at their heart, shared core competences with optional specialisms to meet the requirements of health and adult care services.

Read the full joint statement and proposal here



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