Funded QCF Diploma Qualifications

Care in Hand is an approved City & Guilds Training Centre providing a Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) in Health and Social Care at levels 2, 3 and 5.

As Care in Hand holds a work based learning contract, all employees who successfully complete the 12 week skills, knowledge and assesment programme will have their qualifications fully funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DFES) Wales.

What is a Qualification Credit Framework (QCF)?

It is a wide-ranging Diploma which covers the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of health or social care settings. It is a work based learning qualification and you will be allocated an assessor and meet with your assessor for two hours every month at your work place to complete the Diploma.

It is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care. You can choose a pathway that suits your role - for example, working with older people, working with people with a learning disability or people with dementia.

This is the main qualification required by the Care Councils in Wales, England and Northern Ireland


Care in Hand offers the following QCF Health & Social Care Diplomas

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults)

How can a QCF lead to career progression?

Career progression can be achieved for those working in a supervisory or an assistant deputy manager’s role within the Health & Social Care field by undertaking the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care.

This builds on your managerial and care skills and fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of adult residential and domiciliary services. Care in Hand offers the following:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Residential Management)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Management)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adults' Advanced Practice) 

What is Essential Skills Wales?

Included in your QCF you will be required to complete the Essential Skills Wales qualification which is designed to assess the skills that learners need for successful learning, employment and life. Essential Skills provides a single ladder of progression from Entry Level 1 to Level 3 in Essential Communication Skills ,Essential Application of Number Skills, Essential Digital Literacy Skills and from Entry Level 1 to Level 3 in Essential Employability Skills.


When will I start my QCF Qualification?

After the 12 week skills, knowledge and assessment programme, if not already attained, employees are required to enrol on a QCF Level 2 in Health and Social Care. This goes above and beyond the QCF target set by the National Minimum Care Standards in England and Wales.


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