There are entry qualifications for people new to social care or interested in starting a career in the sector.
The diplomas demonstrate occupational competence.
The level 2 and 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 a generic pathway or a specialist dementia or learning disability pathway.
There are awards and certificates for continuing professional development to allow you to tailor learning to specific job roles.
We’ve created a guide featuring all the current adult social care qualifications and standards recommended by us in more detail.
Take a look at the other supporting materials we’ve created to explain the different qualifications available.
We also have information on the awarding organisations that offer the qualifications.
If you see gaps in the units or qualifications available please complete this form and return to: SLQA@skillsforcare.org.uk
You can apply for funding to re-claim some of the costs for qualifications through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF).
Skills for Care and Development, awarding organisations and Skills for Health have agreed assessment principles to create a consistent approach to parts of assessment.
The Sector Skills Council expects awarding organisations to use judgment in identifying individuals who are appropriately qualified to make assessment decisions.