Awards and Certificates in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

These qualifications provide an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills around supporting individuals with a learning disability.

The units offered within these qualifications mirror those offered within the Learning Disabilities Pathway through the Health & Social Care Diplomas in England.

Those wishing to undertake a Level 2 will already have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you’ve been supervised.

Those wishing to undertake a Level 3 will already have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge in this field. You work with minimum supervision ensuring work meets the required standard. Some of the level 3 units also confirm competence and evidence will be generated in a work environment.

Units can be accessed individually for Continuing Professional Development.

All units must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles and the regulatory arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework.


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Level 2 (12 credits)

To achieve the Level 2 Award candidates will need to gain 12 credits from a combination of mandatory and optional units.

You would complete 1 mandatory unit, which is 4 credits:

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

You also choose from a range of optional units in Group B – you’ll need enough to give you a minimum of 8 credits. A minimum of 7 credits must be achieved at Level 2. Please download the qualification handbook for detailed information.


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Level 3 (12 credits)

To achieve the Level 3 Award candidates will need to gain 12 credits from a combination of mandatory and optional units.

You would complete 1 mandatory unit, which is 4 credits:

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

You also choose from a range of optional units in Group B – you’ll need enough to give you a minimum of 8 credits. A minimum of 7 credits must be achieved at Level 3. Please download the qualification handbook for detailed information.


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Level 2 (21 credits)

This qualification is useful for those who haven’t got a specific learning disability qualification but don’t need to do the full Diploma, those who want to then go on to do the Diploma at a later date or those wanting to complete for continuing professional development.

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate candidates will need to gain 21 credits from a combination of mandatory and optional units.

You would complete 3 mandatory units, which add up to 12 credits:

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Support person-centred thinking and planning
  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

You also choose from a range of optional units in Group B – you’ll need enough to give you a minimum of 9 credits. Please download the qualification handbook for detailed information.


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Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities:
Level 3 (23 credits)

To achieve the Level 3 Certificate candidates will need to gain 23 credits from a combination of mandatory and optional units.

You would complete 3 mandatory units, which add up to 12 credits:

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Support person-centred thinking and planning
  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

You also choose from a range of optional units in Group B – you’ll need enough to give you a minimum of 11 credits. A minimum of 17 credits must be achieved at Level 3. Please download the qualification handbook for detailed information.