Coronavirus update: September 2020

We understand and appreciate that this is a particularly difficult time. We want to reassure you that we continue to work closely with Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales, Health Education Improvement Wales and other sector stakeholders to ensure that learners, who have worked hard in preparing for their qualifications are treated fairly.

We are currently finalising our centres guidance document and the associated forms for:

  • Learner declaration
  • Application to use remote Question & Answer for the controlled tasks

Level 2 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Core

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core (Single and Combined Pathway) 

Arrangements for learners who were registered and on-programme up to 31 August 2020 and will complete their qualification by 18 December 2020

For learners who were registered and on programme as of 31 August 2020 and will complete their qualification by 18 December 2020, the following requirements apply:

WJEC qualification:

  • Candidates completing the Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development Core must successfully complete one internal assessment and the MCQ test Or in exception circumstances only, successfully complete two internal assessments

More information can be found in our Core Guidance document.

Centres should plan their assessments to ensure that there is sufficient time for learners to resit the assessment (if required) prior to 18 December 2020.

WJEC Entry deadline: 16/11/20
WJEC IAMIS upload deadline: 18/12/20

City and Guilds qualifications:

  • Candidates completing the Health and Social Care Core (Single Pathway) must successfully complete one internal assessment and the MCQ test or in exception circumstances only, successfully complete two internal assessments

  • Candidates completing the Health and Social Care Core (Combined Pathway) must successfully complete two internal assessments (190 and 193) and the MCQ test or in exceptional circumstances only, successfully complete three internal assessments including 190 and 193.

More information can be found in our Core Guidance document.

Centres should plan their assessments to ensure that there is sufficient time for learners to resit the assessment (if required) prior to 18 December 2020.

Centres should contact hclw.quality@cityandguilds.com to schedule their EQA activity for this cohort of learners by 18th December 2020.

Arrangements for ALL other learners:

  • any registered learners not completed by 18 December 2020
  • new learners registered after 1 September 2020.

All learners for whom the above date ranges apply, will be required to successfully complete all assessments as published in the qualification specifications. This means:

  • three internal assessments and MCQ test for the Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development Core or Health and Social Care Core (Single Pathway)

  • four internal assessments and the MCQ test for the Health and Social Care Core (Combined Pathway)

More information can be found in our Core Guidance document.

WJEC Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care: Principles & Contexts

Please refer to September 2020 live event PowerPoint for further information.

WJEC Level 2 and Level 3 Children’s Care, Play Leaning and Development: Practice and Theory

Please refer to the September 2020 live event PowerPoint for further information. Please note, the practice element of these qualifications falls in line with guidance for the stand-alone practice qualifications.

If the 2019/20 learner is not complete by 18/12/20, they can continue to work towards their Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification. The timetabled examination for Unit 216 is available in January and June 2021 and competence assessments for practice units can resume when work placement allows.


City and Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 Practice qualifications

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) 
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children & Young People) 
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice 
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice

Use of Expert Witness Testimony within the Level 2 and Level 3 Practice qualifications:

In situations where a competent and qualified assessor is unable to again access to the learner’s work place, the centre can secure the support of a suitably experienced employer/manager/leader who works directly with the learner on a day–to-day capacity and who can therefore undertake the role of an Expert Witness (EW).

The EW will observe the learner in practice, and this must be followed by a remote professional discussion between the assessor, learner and EW. The assessor will be able to ask questions of both learner and EWT in order to make decisions of competency.  The assessor will be responsible for making the final judgement and would triangulate evidence.

The use of EW and EWT as an ‘in extremis’ alternative to assessor observation and must only be used wherein Covid-19 restrictions prevent assessor access for the purposes of assessment.  This is in compliance with the recommendations detailed in the recently published Skills for Care and Development ‘flexible arrangements’. 

For further information please refer to the September 2020 live event PowerPoint (slides 14-17) currently available on the qualification pages for both the Core and the Practice qualification under the CPD menu.  

Adaptation Submission form for City & Guilds HSC Core and Level 2, Level 3 Practice qualifications:

Find the Adaptation Submission form here.

Please follow the following steps to access the process of submission:

  1. Contact our HCLW Quality Team to advise them of your intention to progress your learners for certification.  Please use our dedicated email address hclw.quality@cityandguilds.com and ensure that you include your centre name and number in the subject box of your email.
  2. Download and complete the “Adaptation Submission’ form ensuring that all requirements for the chosen adaptations have been met, per qualification type. 
  3. You can choose to use a different information system to share this data with us as long as all the fields indicated are included and the information has been validated by the Head of Centre.
  4. Once completed please submit the information to your EQA
  5. Please note that failure to meet any of the conditions and statements required by each mitigation could affect City & Guilds’ ability to issue certificates and may constitute malpractice.
You can also find the latest information about COVID-19 from the following websites:

City & Guilds COVID-19 Website Page

WJEC Website

Welsh Government 

Qualifications Wales

Social Care Wales

Health Education Improvement Wales

 

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