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New qualifications go ‘live’ from today

02 September 2019
Social Care Wales

Those looking to forge a career in the care sector in Wales will be able to study for new health and social care, early years and childcare qualifications from today.

The qualifications, designed to strengthen the care profession for the future, will provide a recognised and consistent standard, as well as a clear pathway for those wanting to progress in their careers.

The qualifications were developed in partnership by Qualifications Wales, Health Education and Improvement Wales, and us, and will be delivered by a consortium made up of the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) and City & Guilds. The qualifications are all offered bilingually.

Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said: “Those who embark on a career in health and social care, or early years and childcare, must be confident that their profession is one that nurtures talent, rewards skills, and allows ambitions to be realised.

“These new qualifications will build on the excellent work already being carried out and will enable the sector to take on the challenges that lie ahead.

“It is also important to recognise the valuable contribution so many colleagues from social care, health, and early years and childcare have made to helping develop the new qualifications.

“Their input and feedback were so important to reflect the voices of those working in the sector.

“Thanks to their efforts, we have good-quality qualifications which will help develop the skills and confidence of the workforce and make a difference to the outcomes for people who get care and support.”

Most of the new qualifications will be introduced from today, with the remainder starting from September 2020. There will be a transition period for those already studying for existing qualifications to make sure they can complete their current studies and still join the sector.

The number of qualifications has been significantly reduced to provide more clarity to learners, learning providers and employers about the most appropriate route to follow.

If you’re interested in learning more about the new qualifications or enrolling in a course, visit

You can use the find the required or recommended qualifications for different job roles within social care and regulated early years and childcare in Wales using the qualifications framework.