Qualifications explained

As you are new to Skill Selector we recommend you read through each of the information pages to help you understand what qualification would be right for you or your work setting.

The qualifications available in adult social care provide a flexible, 'mix and match' approach to developing your skills and knowledge.

There are three sizes of qualification: 


Qualifications are made up of different units. Every unit and qualification has a level. The level shows how difficult the unit or qualification is. The adult social care sector now has qualifications and units from level 1 through to level 7. The units demonstrate either knowledge (what you know) or competence (what you do).

Which qualification?

The larger diploma can be used to demonstrate professional competence.
You can take a generic pathway or a specialist dementia or learning disability pathway, providing a new way to gain contextualised knowledge and skills.

The smaller awards and certificates can be used to demonstrate knowledge and competence as well as continuing professional development.

Which level?

If you are new to the sector you will probably need to begin with a level 2 qualification.

If you are more experienced or work in a specialist/senior role you may want to do a level 3 qualification.

If you already have a level 3 qualification it doesn’t mean there is nothing out there for you to do as part of your Continued Professional Development (CPD). It doesn’t always have to be a management option – you may wish to look at the specialist CPD opportunities available (awards and certificates) that build up specialist knowledge and skills.

For those wanting to develop management skills there are three unique pathways available on the level 5 diploma in leadership for health and social care and children and young people’s services.

You are now ready to look at qualifications available, or view by area of interest



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