COVID-19: Adaptations to your qualifications

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.

Qualification Wales Announcement

Please see the link below to the Qualifications Wales Announcement

Qualifications Wales: Health and Social Care, and Childcare update

Overview

As a result of discussions between Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales, Health Education Improvement Wales, City & Guilds and WJEC, the adaptations for the Level 2 Core qualifications in Health and Social Care and Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development are being extended until 31 August 2021.

During this period, learners will only be required to complete a reduced number of assessments to achieve their Core qualification. Centres may also continue to offer assessment of the case study questions through verbal question and answer sessions with the learner.

These adaptations are now available to all learners who are expecting to complete their learning and achieve their Core qualification by 31 August 2021, including those who have registered after 1 September 2020.

Centres must continue to deliver all of the content for these qualifications and ensure that learners are fully prepared before attempting each assessment. We have worked collectively with all stakeholders to put these arrangements in place to respond to the continued impact of the pandemic on learners in Wales.

We hope that this extension will enable as many learners as possible to progress to the next stage of their learning or into employment.

Qualification Breakdown

Further information on individual qualifications is available in the tabs below.

GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Summer 2021: Materials to support Centre-Determined Grades now available

Teachers/lecturers can also access Initial Qualification Assessment Frameworks and WJEC Assessment Creation Guide via our Secure Website.

GCE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Summer 2021: Materials to support Centre-Determined Grades now available

Teachers/lecturers can also access Initial Qualification Assessment Frameworks and WJEC Assessment Creation Guide via our Secure Website.

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

The adaptations for the Level 2 Core qualification in Children's Care, Play, Learning and Development have been extended until 31 August 2021. During this period, learners will only be required to complete a reduced number of assessments to achieve their Core qualification. Centres may also continue to offer assessment of the case study questions through verbal question and answer sessions with the learner.  These adaptations are applicable to all learners who are expecting to complete their learning and achieve their Core qualification by 31 August 2021, including those who have registered after 1 September 2020.  

Centres must continue to deliver all of the content for these qualifications and ensure that learners are fully prepared before attempting each assessment. We have worked with the awarding bodies, Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales to put these arrangements in place to respond to the continued impact of the pandemic on learners in Wales. We hope that this extension will enable as many learners as possible to progress to the next stage of their learning or into employment.

Please see the link below to the Qualifications Wales Announcement

Qualifications Wales: Health and Social Care, and Childcare update

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

The two-week revision period has been relaxed for the remainder of 2020/21. More information can be found in our Core Guidance document.

Centres must apply directly to the WJEC to conduct remote verbal question and answer for internal case study assessments. To apply, please complete the application form and return to relevant awarding body.

Application form for verbal question and answer - Core qualifications only

Centres should plan their assessments to ensure that there is sufficient time for learners to resit the assessment (if required) prior to 31 August 2021.

Entry windows:
Window IAMIS Input window open IAMIS Input window closes IAMIS upload deadline EQA visits Last date to process entries/amends for Core Suggested Results (while mitigations are in place)
1. November 10/09/2020 16/11/2020 18/12/2020 January 2021 14 December w/c 8 February
2. January 08/02/2021 31/03/2021 31/03/2021 April 2021 24 March w/c 10 May
3. June 08/05/2021 27/07/2021 27/07/2021 June/July 2021 20 July 11/12 August
4. August 08/07/2021 31/08/2021 31/08/2021 July/August 2021 24 August w/c 6 September

 

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

Theory Unit 216

The timetabled examination for Unit 216 in June 2021 is cancelled and will be replaced by Centre Determine Grades.

Centres should refer to the WJEC secure website to access the Qualification Assessment Framework and supporting guidance for Unit 216.

www.wjecservices.co.uk/login

We have provided support and guidance for centres completing centre determined grades in Summer 2021 including identifying possible sources of evidence along with guidance on creating centre-devised assessments, marking assessments and unconscious bias and discrimination.  

Practice units

Due to the nature of these qualifications, it is vital that learners are assessed in practice to confirm competence. The competence assessments for the practice units can take place when learners are able to access work placement opportunities. 

The minimum work placement hours have been reduced to 196 hours (70% of the mandatory hours specified in the qualification specification) for learners completing this qualification in 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years.

Centres/assessors are advised to:

  • complete a retrospective discussion with the employer around readiness for assessment and confirmation of competence of unit 200. This will count towards formative assessment observations;
  • prioritise placing learners in work placement to complete remaining hours and/or outstanding assessments;
  • prioritise Task A-E assessment pack on placement days, planning a further four opportunities for direct observation or EWT for each learner;
  • Reduce number of age specific units to:
    • Reduce the need for multiple placements
    • Simplify the assessment journey
    • Streamline the development of confidence and competence
    • Free up placement opportunities for more learners

The assessment methods below are available to all learners to support the practice units within Level 2 CCPLD: Practice and Theory qualifications.

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 gain 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’.

Alternative exit routes:

For learners that have progressed to the Level 3 CCPLD: Practice and Theory qualification but still want to complete the Level 2 qualification:
  • The work placement hours have been reduced to 196 hours (70% of the mandatory hours specified in the qualification specification)
  • Assessors are able to complete a retrospective discussion with the employer around readiness for assessment and confirmation of competence of unit 200. This will count towards formative assessment observations.

Centres are advised to:

  • prioritise Task A-E assessment pack planning for a further four opportunities of direct observation or EWT for each learner
  • not commence placements for the Level 3 qualification until after Easter 2021
For learners that have progressed to employment: 
  • Learners are able to transfer credit for the practice units to the Level 2 CCPLD Practice qualification awarded by City & Guilds
  • Assessors are able to complete a retrospective discussion with employer around readiness for assessment and confirmation the learner is ready for summative assessment
  • Centres will be advised to prioritise Task A-E assessment pack, planning for four opportunities for direct observation or EWT.
For learners wanting certification for learning completed in 2019/20 or 2020/21:
  • All learners who achieved a pass in the Unit 216 examination in January 2020 or who achieved a pass in the examination in January 2021 will receive a unit certificate which provides formal recognition of their achievement.
  • Learners can be entered for the Entry Pathways qualification in Preparing for Work which includes units relating to the care and development of babies and young children.
Entry windows:
Window IAMIS Input window open IAMIS Input window closes IAMIS upload deadline EQA visits Last date to process entries/amends for Core Suggested Results (while mitigations are in place)
1. November 10/09/2020 16/11/2020 18/12/2020 January 2021 14 December w/c 8 February
2. January 08/02/2021 31/03/2021 31/03/2021 April 2021 24 March w/c 10 May
3. June 08/05/2021 27/07/2021 27/07/2021 June/July 2021 20 July 11/12 August
4. August 08/07/2021 31/08/2021 31/08/2021 July/August 2021 24 August w/c 6 September

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

The Unit 330 examination  timetabled for June 2021 has been postponed until Autumn 2021. This means that centres will have the opportunity to enter learners for assessment in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms in 2021/22.

2020-2022 cohort only

Following a data collection from all FE colleges, WJEC are analysing the submissions and will release an update shortly.

The assessment methods below are available to all learners to support the practice units within Level 2 and 3 CCPLD: Practice and Theory qualifications.

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 gain 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’.

2021-2023 cohort only

The Consortium will review the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the work placement hours for Level 3 CCPLD: Practice and Theory learners at the end of the 2021/22 academic year whilst the situation hopefully improves.

Entry windows:

Window IAMIS Input window open IAMIS Input window closes IAMIS upload deadline EQA visits Last date to process entries/amends for Core Suggested Results (while mitigations are in place)
1. November 10/09/2020 16/11/2020 18/12/2020 January 2021 14 December w/c 8 February
2. January 08/02/2021 31/03/2021 31/03/2021 April 2021 24 March w/c 10 May
3. June 08/05/2021 27/07/2021 27/07/2021 June/July 2021 20 July 11/12 August
4. August 08/07/2021 31/08/2021 31/08/2021 July/August 2021 24 August w/c 6 September

City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core

H&SC Core Qualifications Adaptations Update

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core Qualification available for City & Guilds Test at Home service.

Under the adaptation rules Qualifications Wales has approved City & Guilds Test at Home service to be used for the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test required for Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core qualification.

This means that once learners are fully prepared they can now take the MCQ test without leaving their comfort of their own home. Find out more about Test at Home and how your centre can apply for this service on Cityandguilds.com

As a result of discussions with Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales, Health Education Improvement Wales, City & Guilds and WJEC, the adaptations for the Level 2 Core qualifications in Health and Social Care are being extended until 31 August 2021. During this period, learners will only be required to complete a reduced number of assessments to achieve their Core qualification. Centres may also continue to offer assessment of the case study questions through verbal question and answer sessions with the learner.  These adaptations are now available to all learners who are expecting to complete their learning and achieve their Core qualification by 31 August 2021, including those who have registered after 1 September 2020.  

Centres must continue to deliver all of the content for these qualifications and ensure that learners are fully prepared before attempting each assessment. We have worked with the awarding bodies, Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales to put these arrangements in place to respond to the continued impact of the pandemic on learners in Wales. We hope that this extension will enable as many learners as possible to progress to the next stage of their learning or into employment.

Please see the link below to the Qualifications Wales Announcement

City & 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.

The two-week revision period has been relaxed for the remainder of 2020/21.

More information can be found in our Core Guidance document.

Centres must apply directly to the City and Guilds to conduct remote verbal question and answer for internal case study assessments. To apply, please complete application form and return to relevant awarding body.

Application form for verbal question and answer - Core qualifications only

Centres should plan their assessments to ensure that there is sufficient time for learners to resit the assessment (if required) prior to 31 August 2021.

Centres should contact hclw.quality@cityandguilds.com to schedule their EQA activity.

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

Find the Adaptation Submission form here – this document replaces the learner declaration form.

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.

WJEC Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

Adaptations for summer 2021

Work placement

This qualification includes 10 days of sector engagement which includes 5 days of mandatory work placement.

  • The mandatory requirement for learners to experiences a 5 day work placement has been removed for assessment in 2021.
  • Centres must ensure that the sector engagement requirement remains. This could include professionals giving lectures/talks in person or remotely or use of pre-recorded interviews.
  • Centres are asked to consider providing block work placements later in the academic year if social distancing requirements are relaxed.
Unit 1: Promoting health and well-being throughout the life stages

External Examination = 40%

There are no changes to this assessment as all content may be delivered via face to face or remote teaching.

Timetabled exams will be scheduled for June 2021 have been cancelled.

Unit 2: Health and social care to support outcome-focused provision for person-centred care

Internal non-examination assessment = 60%

Assignment 1: There is no change to this assignment.

A choice of two case studies will be available to centres on the first Monday in March 2021

Assignment 2:

Adaptation: Candidates will not be required to complete Assignment 2: Work placement and sector engagement.

Rationale

The removal of the requirement for learners to experiences a 5-day work placement will allow for additional teaching and learning time to be focused on the other parts of the qualification, mitigate against lost teaching time and lack of access to suitable placements.

Producing a resource pack to support learners for Assignment 2 that could combine a video resource (if one can be sourced as it will not be possible to create a bespoke resource within current restrictions) and mock reflection log, will allow learners to fully access the assessment.

WJEC Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

Work placement

There is no work-placement requirement in the Certificate units however

Centres must still encourage sector engagement, which could include professionals giving lectures/talks in person or remotely or the use of pre-recorded interviews.

Unit 1

Subject content can be taught in the classroom or remotely.

Adaptation: Candidates will not be required to complete Task 2: Information Pack

A choice of two case studies will be available to centres on the first Monday in March 2021

Unit 2

There will be no change to subject content.

The timetabled examination to assess the full range of content that was scheduled for June has been cancelled.

Unit 3

Subject content can be taught in the classroom or remotely. No adaptations are required.

Awarding the WJEC Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualifications in Summer 2021

In light of the on-going disruption to teaching and learning caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Qualifications Wales wrote to centres to confirm that the approach to awarding the Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts qualifications will align with the approach to awarding QW Approved GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications in summer 2021.

This means that:

  • learners who are certificating this summer will have their qualification awarded through a Centre-Determined Grade model
  • deadlines and controls for Non-exam assessment (NEA) are being removed, however centres are encouraged to undertake NEA to build learners’ learning and skills

We have published guidance for centres allowing candidates to complete non-examination assessment from home. We have also published a Timeline for Centres providing an overview of when further information and supporting materials will be published for the qualifications. You can access these documents from the qualification page of the www.hclw.wales website.

Please note, as we will not be awarding unit outcomes for the Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts in Summer 2021 and will therefore not be awarding UMS, it will not be possible for the grade awarded for the Certificate to contribute to the Diploma award in Summer 2022. This aligns with decisions taken regarding the relationship between GCE AS and A Levels in 2022.

Arrangements for awarding the Diploma in Summer 2022 are still under discussion. We will provide a further update when more information is available.

City & 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 – this document replaces the learner declaration form.

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.

Useful Links

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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