About Health and Social Care Qualifications

Develop your skills as a Care Practitioner with the qualifications in Health and Social Care, the recognised qualifications in the sector.

Meeting the workforce regulations: Skills for Care advice on CQC’s workforce-specific outcomes; 14 and 25


“The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of Social Care Practitioners beyond induction and initial training is crucially important for service providers, the workforce and for people using the services.  The registered manager has a key responsibility to ensure that care practitioners each have individual development plans, they are provided with opportunities for CPD and that effective CPD systems are in place.  CPD should be relevant to the role, setting and the needs of the people using the service, and where possible should be linked to the Qualifications and Credit Framework

Skills for Care recommend that on completion of Induction Standards, Care Practitioners should have ongoing training towards the Health & Social Care Diploma, Levels 2 & 3.  Previous NVQ levels 2 & 3 are still recognised.

These qualifications cover the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of health and/or social care settings.

You can choose a pathway or specialist units that suits your role, for example, working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia or adults or children and young people.

Assessment of Qualifications

Skills for Care have also produced the document “QCF Assessment Principleswhich states that:-

“Assessment decisions for competence based learning outcomes must be made in a real work environment by an assessor qualified to make assessment decisions”

Please see our Qualifications menu for a full list of qualifications on offer through ARC.