Everyone working in adult social care should be able to take part in learning and development so they can carry out their role effectively and deliver high quality care. Qualifications can play an important role.

We’ve developed adult social care qualification specifications in partnership with employers and awarding organisations to meet the needs of people who need care and support. 

It is useful for employers and learners to understand how qualifications work. This can help employers identify any gaps in learning, and for learners, check their career progression and what they could do next.


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

Skills for Care and Skills for Health, have agreed a set of joint assessment principles which can be used by Awarding Organisations offering the Level 2 Diploma in Care.

Skills for Care & Development have agreed a set of assessment principles for use in social care across the United Kingdom and Skills for Care will continue to use these principles for all other occupational competence qualifications in the sector.

Due to the changes to qualifications and apprenticeships 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 social care and health better opportunities and transferability.

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

Read the full joint statement and proposal here