These courses are suitable for candidates who work as health care support workers in the health and social care sector.
These qualifications form part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) which came into force from January 2011. They replace the Levels 2 and 3 NVQs in Health and Social Care. The qualifications depend on the successful attainment of a number of credits as follows:
Level 2 Diploma: minimum of 46 credits
Level 3 Diploma: minimum of 58 credits
Each unit has a different number of credits attached to it and each credit = 10 hours study. The number of credits attached to each unit will dictate the number of units that each candidate will need to achieve in order to get the qualification.
These qualifications will be the accepted qualification to meet the regulation requirements for the sector in Wales and NI. They can also demonstrate continuing professional development.