WJEC Level 3 Health and Social Care qualifications

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This QIP covers the Diploma and Certificate in Health and Social Care, which are 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 2020. 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

These qualifications are intended for learners aged 16 and above who want to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge related to the Health and Social Care sector. They provide a basis for learners who want to progress to higher education or to the workplace. The qualifications are knowledge-based and cover the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required by the Health and Social Care sectors. They provide the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding within the context of health and social care services. In particular, learners will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • understand the principles and values which underpin health and social care practice and apply them to a range of health and social care contexts;
  • understand and reflect on the ways in which individuals’ unique needs can be identified and responded to;
  • understand ways in which effective, person‐centred practice and well-being within health and social care can be promoted and supported;
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate theories in health and social care and reflect on how they could influence practice;
  • are aware of changing sector policy and how these changes affect service development and delivery;
  • use literacy, numeracy, research and digital competency skills as appropriate within their study.
Education context

The qualifications have 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 awarding body 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, 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. 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.

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
  • WJEC
Structure

The Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualifications are knowledge-based, unitised qualifications each consisting of internally-assessed tasks and externally-assessed examinations.

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts includes a mandatory requirement for the learner to undertake sector engagement for a minimum of 100 hours, which must include 60 hours of work placement. The knowledge and understanding gained through the sector engagement is assessed.

The qualification grades will be based on the overall UMS mark and learner achievements in all units. To achieve a qualification grade, learners must achieve the minimum UMS required for the qualification grade.

Subject areas

Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts has 3 mandatory units (units 1-3) and the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts has 6 mandatory units (units 1-6).

  • 1. Principles of care and safe practice within outcome focused person-centred care;
  • 2. Factors affecting individuals’ growth and development across the life stages and how this impacts on outcomes, care and support needs;
  • 3. Promoting the rights of individuals in supporting their own physical, mental and emotional health and well-being across the life stages;
  • 4. Understanding how the human body is affected by common conditions;
  • 5. Safeguarding and supporting individuals to achieve required outcomes;
  • 6. Working in the health and social care sector.
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

WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts: A*-E WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts: A*A*-EE The units for the Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualifications are graded A-E.

Assessment

50% internal assessment 50% external assessment

Internal assessment takes the form of non-examination assessment and centres must follow the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) Arrangements for non-examination assessment, copy of which can be accessed from the JCQ website. (www.jcq.org.uk).

The external assessments are assessed by external examination. The papers comprise a range of question types to assess all unit content.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The weightings of the units are as follows:

  • 1. Principles of care and safe practice within outcome focused person-centred care (25% of the Certificate / 12.5% of the Diploma);
  • 2. Factors affecting individuals’ growth and development across the life stages and how this impacts on outcomes, care and support needs (50% of the Certificate / 25% of the Diploma);
  • 3. Promoting the rights of individuals in supporting their own physical, mental and emotional health and well-being across the life stages (25% of the Certificate / 12.5% of the Diploma);
  • 4. Understanding how the human body is affected by common conditions (10% of the Diploma);
  • 5. Safeguarding and supporting individuals to achieve required outcomes (25% of the Diploma);
  • 6. Working in the health and social care sector (15% of the Diploma).
Resit arrangements

Learners will be allowed one resit for the external examination with the higher grade contributing to the award of the qualification. Learners may re-enter internally assessed units. The learner must submit a new assessment, completed within the same levels of control. They cannot improve previously submitted work.

Guided/notional learning hours
WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts: 360 hours
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts: 720 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

TQT for the Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts is 540. TQT for the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts is 1080.

UCAS grade bands

Not yet available.

Key issues for UK HE admissions
  • Intended to be taken alongside A level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare or other A levels; part of full-time programme of learning in school sixth form/FE for 16-19 year-olds.
  • Applicants holding this qualification will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.
  • All learners taking this qualification have to take part in sector engagement, including a work placement of at least 60 hours. Examples of sector engagement additional to work placements could take a number of forms, including visiting speakers and organisation/work-place visits. Further information on how sector engagement could be provided including case studies of good practice can be found in the associated guidance for teaching. A good practice guide to work-placements is also available from the Consortium website (www.healthandcarelearning.wales).
Timing of assessments/results for learners

Internal assessments can be submitted in June each year. External Assessments are available in June each year. Results are issued in August each year.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2020
Reporting and certification information

ABL qualifications The results of the Health and Social Care qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). View the results available through ABL.

Progression information

These specifications provide a suitable foundation for the study of health and social care through a range of higher education courses, or apprenticeships. Learners may also progress to other qualifications within the health and social care, and childcare suite, for example the Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care Practice qualifications. In addition, the specifications provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.