August 2014 update

Thu Aug 28 12:42:00 UTC 2014

This month's update includes news of our new 90-credit Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England).

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New Level 5 Health and Social Care qualification

The Higher Apprenticeship SASE framework requirements have changed and, from 1 September 2014, learners will need to complete a 90-credit qualification. Under instruction from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the SSC, Skills for Care, we've developed a new level 5, 90-credit qualification for the Higher Apprenticeship. The new qualification title will be:

  • Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QAN to be confirmed)  

This qualification mirrors the existing 80-credit qualification except for the addition of the following mandatory unit – Undertake a Research Project within Services for Health and Social Care or Children and Young People. 

The existing 80-credit qualification (which has the same title as the 90-credit qualification), Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QAN600/0744/8), will remain for a further 6 months before expiring on 31 March 2015. This is so learners already taking this qualification will not be disadvantaged; however, this qualification will not be approved for the Apprenticeship framework after 1 September 2014.

Centres will need to ensure that learners are registered against the correct qualification.

Skills for Care - Workforce Development Fund

Skills for Care can help fund those working in adult social care to develop the knowledge, skills and practical abilities needed to deliver quality care.

Adult social care employers can reclaim some of the cost of Diploma, Award and Certificate units through our Workforce Development Fund. For more information please visit the Skills for Care website.

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