Health and social care and childcare qualifications in Wales - 24 April 2020

Over the past few weeks we have been working with awarding bodies, Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) to find the right solutions for learners due to complete their assessments in these important qualifications this summer.

We have also worked closely with the regulators in England and Northern Ireland to ensure consistency in approach. Thank you for your patience as we complete this work.

The impact of Covid-19 on all our lives is significant, but nowhere is it being felt more than in the health and social care and childcare sectors. We know that many learners, employers, tutors and assessors involved in the delivery and assessment of these qualifications are greatly affected.

There is a range of qualifications available in these sectors, with different purposes and progression routes associated with them. These qualifications also have a variety of assessment methods, some of which assess knowledge and understanding of theory, while others confirm practical competence. Considering these factors, it has not been possible to identify a single approach that can be applied across the whole suite. Therefore, a range of solutions have been developed and awarding bodies will be in contact with centres to outline next steps. Centres must provide the awarding bodies with the necessary information in the format requested to enable results to be issued.

The arrangements put in place apply to learners who were due to complete their qualifications before 31 July 2020. For some qualifications, we have also put in place arrangements for learners due to complete their qualifications between 1 August and 30 November.

The approach to GCSE and GCE qualifications in Health and Social Care will follow the process for general qualifications.

 

New Wales-only qualifications in Health and Social Care and Childcare awarded by City & Guilds and WJEC. These qualifications have been taught since September 2019

We have agreed a common approach across both awarding bodies offering these qualifications. This approach will apply for learners who had not completed their qualifications prior to 20 March 2020 and who were due to complete their qualifications before 31 July 2020.

Core qualifications - where learners have completed sufficient assessment prior to 20 March 2020 on which a secure outcome can be based, the awarding body will issue calculated results. However, if a learner has not completed sufficient assessment on which to issue results, assessments will be delayed until centres re-open. When centres re-open, learners completing their Core qualifications up until 30 November will need to complete the multiple-choice assessment and a reduced number of case study assessments.  These dates are provisional and may change in line with government advice and restrictions.

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts - teachers will be asked to inform the awarding body about the grade that each learner was most likely to achieve. These will be checked by the awarding body, which will issue results after checks have been applied.

Practice qualifications - given that the focus of these qualifications is to confirm practical competence, assessment will be delayed until those practical skills are able to be evidenced.

Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory - given that the main purpose of this qualification is to confirm practical competence, assessment for the practice component will be delayed until those practical skills are able to be evidenced. For learners who were due to sit their external unit in summer 2020, arrangements will be put in place to enable the award of the qualification once the learner has successfully completed the practice component. For these learners, the outcome for the external unit will be based on centre assessment grades submitted by teachers and standardised by WJEC.

Information on the approach for each qualification in the suite of new Wales Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications offered by City & Guilds and WJEC will be available on the health and care learning Wales website.

 

Other Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications which were designed to meet the specific needs of the Welsh workforce. These qualifications include “Wales” in the title. 

There are a number of qualifications which were developed for the Welsh workforce prior to the introduction of the new suite of qualifications that are still available to learners. These qualifications are offered by Agored Cymru, City & Guilds, NCFE-CACHE and Pearson. We have agreed a common approach to ensure consistency for learners and centres, which also satisfies the workforce regulator’s requirements. These arrangements apply to learners due to complete their qualifications before 31 July 2020.

For level 1 qualifications which offer an introduction to the sector and knowledge-based qualifications at levels 2 and 3, awarding bodies will be issuing calculated results. For qualifications at Levels 2-5 that confirm competence, we are asking awarding bodies to adapt their assessment approaches to enable learners that are near the end of their course to get their results this summer. A list of these qualifications can be found here.

 

Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Other qualifications in Health and Social Care and Childcare, which are also available to learners in England, will be subject to arrangements communicated separately by Ofqual. Ofqual have announced that learners on most qualifications that lead to progression to FE or HE will receive a calculated result this summer. This includes many of the Pearson BTECs and OCR Cambridge Nationals and Technicals that are taken by learners in Wales. Awarding bodies will confirm arrangements for these qualifications with centres. 

Approved (new) qualifications for Wales

Awarding body

Approach

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core (Adults) 

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core (Children and Young People) 

Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core     

 

City & Guilds, WJEC

Learners that have successfully completed:

EITHER two of the three case study assessments

 

OR one case study and the multiple-choice assessment 

 

AND been subject to successful EQA

 

will have their results calculated.  Centres may claim certification for learners who meet the above criteria and have completed the necessary learning.

 

Learners who do not meet these criteria will need to complete assessment when centres re-open.

 

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core (Adults and Children and Young People)

City & Guilds

Learners that have successfully completed

EITHER three of the four case study assessments

 

OR two case study assessments in Health and Wellbeing and the multiple-choice assessment 

 

AND been subject to successful EQA will have their results calculated. 

 

Learners that have not successfully completed the appropriate combination of study assessments to achieve the combined Adults and Children and Young People Core qualification may be awarded the Core qualification for the appropriate single pathway if they meet the criteria described above. Centres must refer to guidance from City & Guilds on which case study assessments must be successfully completed to be considered for award of the combined or single pathway qualification. 

 

Centres may claim certification for learners who meet the above criteria and have completed the necessary learning.

 

Learners that do not meet these criteria will need to complete assessment when centres re-open.

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles & Contexts 

WJEC

Learners due to complete before 31 July 2020 will receive a calculated result based on teacher estimation

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) 

Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) 

Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children & Young People) 

Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice 

Level 3 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice 

 

City & Guilds

Assessment will be delayed until centres re-open.

 

Learners who are still in the workplace can continue to generate evidence for their portfolio and this can be reviewed remotely by assessors where possible.

Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory 

WJEC

Assessment will be delayed until centres re-open.

 

 

 

Other qualifications in Health and Social Care and Childcare designed for the Welsh workforce

Awarding body

Approach

Level 1 qualifications – introductory qualifications for the sector

Agored Cymru, City & Guilds, NCFE CACHE, Pearson

Learners due to complete before 31 July 2020 will receive a calculated result based on assessments completed and teacher predictions.

Level 2-5 qualifications (qualifications including Wales in title)

Agored Cymru, City & Guilds, NCFE CACHE, Pearson

Learners due to complete before 31 July 2020 who have completed at least 70% of the qualification will have their remaining assessments adapted.   Assessors may use other assessment methods, e.g. reflection, employer witness testimony, holistic judgement-based reflection to confirm achievement of learning outcomes.

 

Further details to support centres will be provided by the awarding bodies.

 

Learners who have not completed 70% will need to complete the remainder of the assessment at a later date.