For questions you may have surrounding qualifications view our FAQ's. (For information on apprenticeships please see our apprenticeship area)


Qualifications can play an important role in learning and development and there are a wide variety available within adult social care. From diplomas to a range of smaller awards and certificates which are more focused on specific topics.

  • Diplomas
    Diplomas are larger qualifications and enable learners to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to become competent workers. They have optional units allowing the learner to develop knowledge and skills in areas of interest or the organisations’ priorities.
  • Awards and certificates
    Awards and certificates are shorter in length than a diploma and focus on a particular area of specialism. They enable workers to continue their professional development through qualifications.

The following qualifications are available for the adult social care workforce, from entry level into the sector and career progression. Click on the links below to find out more about each qualification.

What are approved qualifications?

Approved qualifications have been developed in partnership with employers and Awarding Organisations, in line with our specifications and checked by Skills for Care for consistency.

See a list of approved qualifications


Employers can claim money towards the costs of employees completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes from the Workforce Development Fund. Only qualifications approved by Skills for Care can attract funding from the Workforce Development Fund.


We can help you to find high quality learning providers. Skills for Care Endorsement is a mark of quality given to learning providers who deliver high quality learning and development to the adult social care sector.

Search for endorsed providers in our online directory.