Update on the adaptations to the Health and Social Care and Childcare Wales qualifications

In response to the on-going disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and recognising that the sector will continue to be affected for the remainder of 2021/22, the Consortium have continued to work with Social Care Wales (SCW) and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) to identify adaptations to assessment that will support learners to achieve their qualification(s).

The arrangements outlined below will support as many learners as possible to progress to the next stage of their learning, or into employment, whilst ensuring that employers and others retain their confidence in the validity of the qualifications.

GCSE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

GCE Health and Social Care, and Childcare

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

To recognise the ongoing challenges some centres may be experiencing, the current adaptations for the Core qualifications as outlined below are extended for all learners who are in learning or started their learning up to 31 March 2022 and are due to complete their qualification before 31 December 2022.

All learners commencing their learning after the 31 March 2022 will complete the full assessment strategy. 

All learners who have not completed their before 31 December 2022 will be required to complete the full assessment strategy.

Learners completing the Level 2 CCPLD core qualification must successfully complete the following assessments:

  • one internal assessment and the MCQ test or in exceptional circumstances only, complete two internal assessments.
  • Please note that the two-week revision period has been relaxed

For all Core qualifications, centres:

  • must continue to deliver all of the content for these qualifications and ensure that learners are fully prepared before attempting each assessment.
  • can apply for remote verbal question and answer if needed to support internal assessment
  • can make use remote invigilation for the external MCQ test.

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

The requirement for learners to undertake a minimum of 240 work placement hours is removed for learners who are due to complete their qualification in Summer 2022.

We recognise that some learners may not be able to complete their assessment journey before the end of the summer term; these learners will be able to complete their work placement and assessment journey in Autumn 2022 and be entered for verification in the Autumn/November window, using the above adaptation. 

  • Learners must complete the full assessment journey and successfully pass Tasks A-E.
  • Centres must ensure that learners demonstrate competence across all practice units.
  • Learners who have not successfully completed Unit 216 can be entered for the examination in June 2022
  • Centres are reminded that there are no restrictions on resits for Unit 216.

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

  • The requirement for learners to undertake a minimum of 720 work placement hours is removed for learners who are due to complete their qualification in Summer 2022

We recognise that some leaners may not be able to complete their assessment journey before the end of the summer term; these learners will be able to complete their work placement and assessment journey in Autumn 2022 and be entered for verification in the Autumn/November window, using the above adaptation. 

  • Learners must complete the full assessment journey and successfully pass Tasks A-F.
  • Centres must ensure that the learners demonstrate competence across all practice units.
  • Learners who have not completed Unit 330 or who wish to improve on a previous grade can be entered for the examination in June 2022.
  • Learners should currently be working towards Unit 331 extended investigation project which can be submitted for external moderation in May 2022. 

City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core

Adaptations to HSC and CCPLD: Core qualifications – 2021/22

To recognise the ongoing challenges some centres may be experiencing, the current adaptations for the cCore qualifications as outlined below are extended for all learners who are in learning or started their learning up to 31 March 2022 and are due to complete their qualification before 31 December 2022.

This extension is also available to learners who were registered from 01 September 2019 but for whom the initial registration period has expired.  This applies whether the learner has been subsequently re-registered or where their registration period has been automatically extended by City & Guilds.   In both cases the learner is still required to complete their qualification before 31 December 2022.

All learners commencing their learning after the 31 March 2022 will complete the full assessment strategy. 

All learners who have not completed their before 31 December 2022 will be required to complete the full assessment strategy.

Learners who started their HSC Core learning programme up to 31 March 2022, but have not yet been registered with City & Guilds

In order to be able to use the adaptations, these learners must be registered with City & Guilds by 31 May 2022 at the latest.  Learners who remain unregistered by this date will need to complete the full assessment strategy. 

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core adaptation

Learners completing the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core Adult or Children and Young People (Single pathway) qualification must successfully complete the following assessments:

  • One internal assessment and the MCQ test or in exceptional circumstances only, successfully complete two internal assessments.
  • Please note that the two-week revision period has been relaxed.

Learners completing the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core Adult and Children and Young People (Combined pathway) qualification must successfully complete the following assessments:

  • Two internal assessment (190 and 193) and the MCQ test or in exceptional circumstances only, successfully complete three internal assessments, including 190 and 193.
  • Please note that the two-week revision period has been relaxed

For all Core qualifications, centres:

  • must continue to deliver all of the content for these qualifications and ensure that learners are fully prepared before attempting each assessment.
  • can apply for remote verbal question and answer if needed to support internal assessment
  • can make use remote invigilation for the external MCQ test.

WJEC Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

WJEC Level 3 Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts

City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 Practice qualifications

Level 2 and Level 3 Practice qualifications

The current adaptations continue to be available to ALL learners throughout the academic year 2021/22.  These permit the use of triangulation of Expert Witness Testimony, learner reflection and Professional Discussion ONLY in circumstances whereby Covid19 restrictions or related safeguards impact assessor access to the workplace.  

Centres are requested to prioritise these learners for certification via the August certification window, or sooner.

All learners registered from 01 September will complete their assessment as detailed in the assessment packs, including the requirement to use direct observation by a qualified and occupationally competent assessor as the primary source of evidence.

Learners who have used an adapted assessment process for part of their qualification but have not completed their assessment journey before the end of the academic year 2021/22

Direct observation by a qualified and occupationally competent assessor will be used for any outstanding assessment plans as per the requirements of the assessment strategy. Learners are not expected to repeat assessments completed using the adapted approach.  Before making their overall judgement, assessors will consider all available evidence ahead of the required summative discussion, including evidence generated using the adaptations. Should further evidence be required before a decision of full competency can be made, the assessor will follow the guidance already outlined in the full assessment pack.

City & Guilds Level 4 and Level 5 Qualifications

Where possible all centres will continue to prioritise the full assessment strategy, including direct observation by a qualified and occupationally competent assessor[1], however in circumstance where access to assessment is still problematical due to Covid 19 restrictions or related safeguards, the current adaptations will continue to be available to ALL learners throughout the academic year 2021/22.

Centres are requested to prioritise these learners for certification via the August certification window or sooner.

All learners registered from 01 September 2022 will complete their assessment as detailed in the assessment packs, including the requirement to use direct observation by a qualified and occupationally competent assessor[2] as per the requirement within some tasks.

Learners who have used an adapted assessment process for part of their qualification but have not completed their assessment journey before the end of the academic year 2021/22

Where this is referenced in the assessment tasks, direct observation by a qualified and occupationally competent assessor will be expected.  Learners are not expected to repeat assessments that have already been completed using the adapted approach.  VARCS processes and marking/grading criteria will be used to determine the final judgements made by internal and/or external assessors.  Should further evidence be required before a final judgement can be made, the internal and/or external assessor will follow the guidance already outlined in the full assessment pack.

 

[1] With the exception of Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management HSC/CCPLD (8040-09/8041-16) wherein the requirement is a qualified and occupationally knowledgeable assessor

[2] With the exception of Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management HSC/CCPLD (8040-09/8041-16) wherein the requirement is a qualified and occupationally knowledgeable assessor

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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