City & Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)

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This QIP covers the above vocational qualification in Health and Social Care (Adults) which will be available on publicly-funded programmes of learning for learners up to the age of 19 in Wales.

This qualification has been approved by Qualifications Wales and will be available for teaching from September 2019. It is part of a suite of 21 Health & Social Care and Childcare qualifications some of which will be available from September 2019 and the remainder by September 2020. The qualifications in this suite have been developed jointly by a consortium of City & Guilds and WJEC and are awarded by either WJEC or City & Guilds.

Country
  • Wales
Purpose

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

This qualification is intended for learners working in health and social care settings which provide services for adults requiring care and/or support. It is designed to support progression in employment and/or further and higher level study.

This qualification is practice-based and develops the ability of learners to practically support health and care needs of adults in a range of settings.  Achievement of the qualification confers occupational competence.

It provides the opportunity to enrich knowledge and skills using both mandatory content and optional units in adult-focused settings such as domiciliary support services, residential care and learning disability provision.

Please note that it is a requirement of Social Care Wales that an individual working within the health and social care sector will need both:

  • the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core (Adults) qualification and 
  • the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) qualification

to work within specific job roles.  Further details will be available on the Social Care Wales website  https://socialcare.wales/registration

 

Education context

This qualification has been designed to be delivered by a range of learning providers for learners who are 16 or over.   

In July 2016, Qualifications Wales published the Sector Review of Qualifications and the Qualification System in Health and Social Care including childcare and play work. Following the Review, Qualifications Wales commissioned the development of a new suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications for Wales which from September 2019 will replace more than 200 qualifications which were previously eligible for funding on programmes of learning funded by Welsh Government or local authorities.  These qualifications have been developed by the consortium of awarding bodies City & Guilds and WJEC in partnership with Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales to ensure that they meet the needs of the Health and Social Care sector.  

From September 2019, the qualifications in this suite will be the only qualifications in health and social care, and childcare that are eligible for funding by Welsh Government on programmes of learning for learners under the age of 19.  In addition, the practice qualifications such as City & Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) will feature in apprenticeship frameworks for learners of all ages undertaking related apprenticeships. Some of these qualifications will also be on Social Care Wales’ Qualification Framework for Social Care and Childcare from September 2019 and will be requirements to work within specific job roles in the health and social care sector.  https://socialcare.wales/resources/qualification-framework-for-the-social-care-sector-in-wales

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland), SQA (Scotland), and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.

Awarding organisation
  • City & Guilds
Structure

The Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) qualification is a competence-based qualification consisting of a range of externally set and internally marked practice-based tasks, and a portfolio of evidence. 

To achieve Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults), learners must achieve a minimum of 50 credits comprising:

  • 18 credits from the mandatory group;

  • a minimum of 14 credits from optional group A; and

the balance of 18 credits from either optional group A or optional group B

Subject areas
  • Health and social care

Mandatory group:

  • Promoting core practice in Health and Social Care (Adults)

Optional group A:

  • Using assessments for the development of personal plans

  • Co-ordinating care and support for individuals living in their own homes

  • Promoting care and support for individuals living in their own homes

  • Promoting care and support for individuals living in care home settings

  • Promoting support for individuals living with dementia

  • Supporting individuals with the use of electronic assistive technology

  • Providing support for individuals to achieve their reablement outcomes

  • Supporting individuals who misuse substances

  • Supporting individuals living in an adult placement/shared lives arrangement

  • Promoting support for individuals with a learning disability and/or autism

  • Promoting positive approaches for behaviour support

  • Supporting individuals living with mental ill-health

  • Supporting individuals with a physical impairment

  • Supporting individuals with an acquired brain injury

  • Contributing to the support of individuals who misuse substances

Optional group B:

  • Providing support to adults living with epilepsy

  • Undertaking capillary blood glucose monitoring

  • Taking venous blood samples from adults

  • Providing care for adults living with cancer

  • Palliative and end of life care for adults

  • Undertaking stoma care

  • Undertaking non-complex wound care

  • Administering adrenaline auto-injections

  • Facilitate group learning

  • Health promotion

  • Working as a personal assistant with individuals

  • Supporting individuals to access advocacy

  • Supporting the use of medication in social care settings

  • Supporting adults to manage their diabetes mellitus

  • Undertaking physiological measurements in adults

  • Providing care to adults with indwelling urinary catheters

  • Providing care and support for adults with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

  • Providing recognition, escalation and response to acute physical deterioration

  • Supporting nutrition and hydration for individuals with special dietary requirements

  • Supporting individuals to manage dysphagia

  • Undertaking electrocardiography (ECG)

  • Providing care and support for adults with chronic respiratory conditions

  • Providing support to individuals following a stroke

  • Supporting individuals with enteral feeding

  • Responding to anaphylactic reasons

  • Supporting individuals with management of continence

  • Supporting individuals with moving and positioning

  • Supporting individuals to maintain mobility and minimise the risk of falls

  • Supporting individuals with sensory loss

  • Supporting food safety practice in health and social care settings

  • Supporting individuals to manage pain and discomfort

  • Undertaking peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) readings

     

Levels
  • Level 3

This qualification is at level 3 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW), which aligns with level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.

Grading

Pass/fail

Assessment

100% internal assessment.

All units are assessed through a range of externally set and internally marked practice-based tasks, and a portfolio of evidence.

All of the assessments must be achieved.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners must achieve a minimum of 50 credits and meet the agreed rules of combination in order to achieve the qualification.

Resit arrangements

All units must be undertaken and related requirements must be completed and assessed within the learner’s period of registration.

There are no formal resit arrangements as this qualification is internally assessed. Students have the opportunity to resubmit work for assessment following feedback from their tutor/assessor.

Guided/notional learning hours
minimum of 240 Guided Learning Hours: 240 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

TQT for this qualification is 500 hours

UCAS grade bands

Not yet available.

Key issues for UK HE admissions

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.

  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.

  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

This qualification is a minimum of 240 GLH. If it is presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners may start and complete their programme of learning throughout the year. 

Results are confirmed, and certificates issued, upon completion and following any external quality assurance activities required.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2019
Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current

Reporting and certification information

Non-ABL quals

Due to the “roll-on, roll-off” nature of the qualification, the results of Level 3 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This does not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement. City & Guilds will issue a certificate once the qualification is achieved.

Progression information

Learners achieving Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) may continue in employment, including in roles for which this qualification is a requirement on the Social Care Wales Qualification Framework for Social Care and Childcare. 

Learners achieving this qualification may also progress to higher-level qualifications within Health and Social Care.

This qualification belongs to the suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications from levels 2 to 5 commissioned by Qualifications Wales.  On achievement of the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults), learners may progress to level 4 specialism or leadership and management qualifications in this suite.

Further information

Visit the healthandcarelearning.wales website to find out more about the suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications for Wales and view the qualification specifications:

Level 3 Health and Social Care (Adults)

https://www.healthandcarelearning.wales/qualifications/level-3-health-and-social-care-practice-children-and-young-people/