November 2014 update

20 November 2014

This month’s update includes extensions, changes to qualifications following the integration of Pearson and EDI, and new rules for adult learner funding.

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Extensions

We're in the process of extending the health and social care suite of qualifications to 31 December 2016. Awarding organisations have been reviewing HSC units over the last year or so, and although some units have been deemed non-compliant with the requirements of the QCF, we have agreed with the Sector Skills Council and Ofqual that we can continue to offer them, provided we address any issues that arise from non-compliance. Changes will be addressed through centre guidance and added to the frequently asked questions.

With the integration of Pearson and EDI, we are in the process of adding additional units to the following Pearson qualifications:

  • Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social care (Adults) for England
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social care (Adults) for England
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England)
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Children and Young People's Advanced Practice) Wales and Northern Ireland.

You can use our qualification comparison tool to check which units will be added.

If the Pearson qualification already offers tested units, then these will remain. If EDI offered tested units which aren't offered as tested units by Pearson, these will be replaced by a portfolio of evidence. Tests will not be transferred to the Pearson qualification.

Care Certificate

The Cavendish review recommended the introduction of a Care Certificate for all health and social care staff. This is not a qualification but replaces the Common Inductions Standards in social care and the National Minimum Training Standards in the health sector. Skills for Care have mapped the certificate to the HSC Diplomas, Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care qualification and the National Occupational Standards. Further information can be found on the Skills for Care website.

Adult learner funding

The Skills Funding Agency has introduced new rules for public funding of qualifications. As a result, many qualifications are no longer eligible for funding for learners aged 19+ when taken outside of apprenticeship frameworks. We are seeking support from providers and employers to restore adult learner funding for individual qualifications.

HSC Higher Apprenticeship

The Higher Apprenticeship SASE Framework requirements have changed and, since 1 September 2014, learners must complete a 90-credit qualification. 

Our new 90-credit Pearson Edexcel Level 5 Diploma for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (QAN 601/4438/5) was developed under instruction from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care. 

The only change from the 80-credit qualification, which expired on 31 October 2014, is that the following unit is now mandatory - Undertake a Research Project within Services for Health and Social Care or Children and Young People.

Funding for this apprenticeship is available and will be backdated until 22 September 2014.

Trailblazers

We are currently engaging with Trailblazers in the adult care sector.

Adult care

Phase 2 of the Trailblazer also included Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker. Awarding organisations and training providers will have their first meeting with the Trailblazer Group later this month. However, early indications show that the requirement for the new Trailblazer Standard will be the HSC Diploma along with maths and English. The employer requirement will be the Care Certificate and Disclosure and Barring check.

They have also submitted other apprenticeships to BIS for approval in Phase 3:

  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care
  • Leader/Manager in Adult Care. 
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