Information for awarding organisations

Qualifications for adult social care

There are currently six qualifications for adult social care. View each of the specifications by clicking on the links below:


Developing new qualifications

We're pleased to be working in collaboration with awarding organisations to develop new qualifications needed in the care sector that are high quality, consistent and well understood. We have developed a process of approval for RQF qualifications against specifications developed by us in consultation with employers and other stakeholders in adult social care. Read the full the process for approval.

If an awarding organisation requires clarification regarding specification criteria; would like to discuss the details and how they apply to their qualification development; or feels that a specification does not allow them to be responsive to sector feedback effectively, please contact us.


Assessment Principles

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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and where it is not safe for assessors to directly observe practice, Skills for Care and Development has agreed some adaptations to the assessment principles.