Health and Social Care Updates | Highfield Qualifications

Overview of Key Changes within the Health and Social Care sector - Update September 2018

Skills for Care (SfC) and Skills for Health (SfH) are working together to support the government’s agenda on integration, transferability and opportunity for learners and workers in both health and adult care services. Therefore, both sector skills councils have been working together to ensure that core knowledge and skills are covered within our qualifications. To ensure that the core content developed in the new RQF qualifications remains consistent and transferable, in consultation with employers, learning providers and awarding organisations, SfC and SfH have developed qualification specifications. 

These specifications outline the mandatory and minimum content expected within a particular qualification, as well as information about its size, level, assessment principles and guidance for optional units. The range of optional units offered within the qualifications is now open to each awarding organisation (AO) and will vary. However, AOs must provide a sufficient range, number, content and level to enable learners to contextualise their learning to meet their needs.

 

Highfield Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

Highfield Level 2 Diploma

This new RQF qualification replaces the HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) (600/4122/5). The HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) expired on 31 December 2017. Centres have until 31 December 2019 to complete learners and apply for certification.

At level 2, this new RQF qualification will be the common qualification for both the health and adult care services, allowing learners to enter either workforce.

This qualification has been written in line with the minimum requirements set out by SfC and SfH, and confirms the competence of those who work in health and adult care services in England.

The Highfield level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the apprenticeship standards Adult Care Worker and Healthcare Support Worker, supporting roles such as adult care worker, healthcare assistant/support worker and personal assistant.

Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

This new RQF qualification replaces the HABC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) (600/4121/3). The HABC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) expired on 31 December 2017. Centres have 31 December 2020 to complete learners and apply for certification.

This new RQF qualification is suitable for learners working in adult care. The qualification will develop and confirm the competence of those who work within adult care services in England.

The Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) will also link with the knowledge and skills required within the apprenticeship standard Lead Adult Care Worker, supporting roles such as lead personal assistant and lead adult care worker.

Additionally, Highfield has launched the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) for those working in the health sector. There will therefore be two level 3 qualifications available from Highfield in this area.

The Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) qualification will include the same mandatory unit content as found in the new Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF). (NOTE: the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) includes additional mandatory content, as developed collaboratively with SfH).

 

Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

This new RQF qualification replaces the HABC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) (601/6015/9). The HABC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF) expired on 31 December 2017. Centres will have until 31 December 2020 to complete learners and apply for certification.

This new RQF qualification will contain Skills for Care’s minimum requirements that develop and confirm the competence of those who are working within adult care services in England.

 

Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care Services (RQF)

Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

Skills for Care (SfC) has recently provided an update relating to the current Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (SASE) England Framework and the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard.

SfC has confirmed that the assessment plan for the level 5 apprenticeship standard is still awaiting sign-off from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), and is expected to be published in Autumn/Winter 2018.

Until then, the following has been agreed:

The Existing SASE framework

The current apprenticeship framework, the Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (SASE), will remain open to learners for registrations until the SASE framework is closed on 31 December 2019.

This framework contains the current Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (RQF) qualification (including the adult pathways), which will also remain available to learners until the SASE framework is closed.

New apprenticeship standard and New Level 5 Diploma

Once the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship standard is available, it will include the new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, as a named mandatory qualification.

We have developed the new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care qualification (available to register learners on from 1 September 2018). This has been approved against the SFC specifications and has been developed to reflect updated practices and the modern pressures of leadership and management in the sector.

Once the SASE framework has closed for registrations, the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) will replace the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services for Adult Care Leaders and Managers (adult pathways).

There will be a period of dual running between the current SASE apprenticeships and the new standard apprenticeships therefore, centres must be clear which qualification option they will take (once the standard is live).

For further info please visit the Skills for Care website here.

 

 

Overview of Replacements

Replacement Qualifications

The approval criteria have not changed for the new health and social care qualifications. QCF qualification

Replacement/new          RQF qualification             

 Relationship to apprenticeship standard    

       

Launch date

Health and Adult care

 

 

  

 

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care

(Adults for England (QCF)

Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF)

 Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker and Level 2 Adult Care Worker

(both approved for delivery) 

   

Jan 2018

Adult Care Only Qualifications

 

   

 

  

 

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) 

 Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker (approved for delivery)

  

 Jan 2018

 

 

 

  

 

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF)

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

 Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (not approved for delivery)

  

 Jan 2018

What this means for you

The content changes should not impact greatly on your current delivery, however, please be aware that you must fully review the specifications of these qualifications before delivering them. The approval criteria have not changed for the new health and social care qualifications. 

Highfield will be creating new, updated assessment paperwork for the RQF qualifications that will be available to download from the members’ area of www.highfieldqualifications.com. Important: centres must ensure they are using the correct paperwork.

Due to the changes to content within these qualifications, please be aware that the sampling of learners’ work will take place by our external quality support (EQS) team prior to certification in order for support to be provided to your centre. Therefore, we ask that you to keep us informed when you have learners’ claims to complete.

Posting courses

As our new qualifications launch on 1 January 2018, you may continue to offer QCF qualifications until 31 December 2017, as you do now.

Updates to training resources

Please be aware that Highfield International is updating its supporting training materials in line with the new qualifications and will be providing full information on this in due course.

Withdrawn Qualifications

Withdrawal of QCF Health and Social Care Qualifications

From January 2018, only RQF qualifications will be available from Highfield. Learners who enrol on QCF qualifications prior to January 2018 should continue their study. However, they must complete their study before the certificate end date provided in the table below:

Qualification to be WITHDRAWN

Withdrawal date

Certification end date

SASE framework closure

HABC Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People's Settings (QCF)

N/A

N/A

29 December 2017

HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

31 December 2017

31 December 2019

29 December 2017

HABC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

31 December 2017

31 December 2020

29 December 2017

HABC Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (QCF)

31 December 2017

31 December 2020

N/A

HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (QCF) (90 Credits)

31 December 2019

31 December 2022

31 December 2019