February 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Health and social care sector

12 February 2016

This month's update provides details on changes to the Professional Framework Advanced Practice in Social Care (Wales) (SASW) and clarification on credit requirements for one of our qualifications.

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Professional Frameworks in Social Care (Wales) (SASW) for Levels 3 and 5

Since the SASW framework was last reviewed, a major piece of social care legislation has been introduced in Wales - The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. The secondary legislation and guidance for this is now available, and the implementation of this legislation will have significant impact on social care from April 2016.

The new ESW digital literacy qualification is being made a requirement at Level 2 for everyone undertaking the Level 3 and 5 frameworks. The new standards mean this is now more achievable and relevant for all learners, and it is important for managers to understand the impact of digital security and accessibility in their environments.

All learners to these frameworks are required to complete ESW Digital Literacy level 2 (Pearson BTEC Level 2 Essential Digital Literacy Skills 601/6840/7).

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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) 601/6113/9

BTEC Professional Combined (Competence and Knowledge) Qualification First teaching May 2015. Centres are advised that issue 2 of the specification is now available on the website. Issue 2 contains unit content/amplification for centre guidance.

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Pearson Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England 501/1607/1

Clarification for centres on credit requirement:

  • Minimum number of credits that must be achieved - 58
  • Minimum number of credits that must be achieved at level 3 or above - 35

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FAQ for Health and Social Care and Children's Sectors

The Joint Awarding Body Quality Group for Health and Social Care and Children’s Sectors has developed an FAQ for the sectors.

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