COVID-19: Coronavirus advice

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.    

Coronavirus update: 29/07/2020  

We hope that are safe and well, we would like to provide you with information about ‘Phase two of the mitigations permitted for the Level 2 Core qualifications for Health and Social Care and for Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development.

In line with recent decisions made by Qualifications Wales’ decisions, we can confirm the following approaches we will be taking to ensure that learners due to complete their qualifications this summer are not disadvantaged:  

Level 2 Core Qualifications: Phase 2 Mitigation guidelines

Phase 2 mitigation is for learners who are were on programme, incomplete by 20 March 2020 and due to complete their qualifications between 1 August and 30 November 2020.

For these learners an Award of the Core qualification can be based on partial completion:

WJEC Level 2 CCPLD Core 

SINGLE qualification: Learners who successfully complete the multiple-choice assessment and one case study assessment, subject to successful remote EQA.

In all cases the centre needs to confirm that teaching and learning has been completed across the full content of the qualification.  We have relaxed the 2 week rule for revision for case study internal assessments.

Entry deadline: 16/11/20
Evidence upload deadline: 30/11/20
EQA visits: From 01/12/20**

**EQA sampling will take place within 3 weeks of successful entry and evidence submission. If the centre confirms no further entries are planned for phase 2 mitigation period, a remote EQA visit can be planned and conducted prior to this date. 

Help guides for submitting entries are available here.

City & Guilds Level 2 HSC Core

SINGLE qualification: Learners who successfully complete the multiple-choice assessment and one case study assessment, subject to successful remote EQA.

In all cases the centre needs to confirm that teaching and learning has been completed across the full content of the qualification.  We have relaxed the 2 week rule for revision for case study internal assessments.

Centres should contact hclw.quality@cityandguilds.com to schedule their EQA activity for this cohort of learners by 11th December 2020.

City & Guilds Level 2 Combined Core for HSC Core Qualifications Only

COMBINED qualification: Learners successfully complete the multiple-choice assessment and two case study assessments (one from each pathway – 190/193), subject to successful remote EQA.

In all cases the centre needs to confirm that teaching and learning has been completed across the full content of the qualification.  We have relaxed the 2 week rule for revision for case study internal assessments.

Centres should contact hclw.quality@cityandguilds.com to schedule their EQA activity for this cohort of learners by 11th December 2020   

City & Guilds Learner declaration forms

Please find the Adaptation Learner Declaration form here.


WJEC Level 2 Health and Social Care: Principles & Contexts

We will award a qualification to learners who have completed their learning, based on standardising centre assessment grades submitted by teacher. 

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

We will award a qualification to learners who have completed their work placement and successfully completed their external unit in January 2020. 

For learners who were due to sit their external unit in summer 2020, we will be putting in place arrangements to enable the award of the qualification once the learner has completed their work placement and related practice units and assessments, and these have been subject to external quality assurance by City & Guild/WJEC. This process will include awarding the external unit based on standardising centre assessment grades submitted by teachers. This will remove the need for learners to wait until the January examination if they complete their practice components earlier. Centres who believe they have learners in this category should email Amy Thomas at HSCandCC@wjec.co.uk.

City & Guilds 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 

At this time it is unlikely that we will be able to award a qualification to learners who are in the workplace. We will be able to award certification if the learner has already completed the summative assessments. These will be subject to quality assurance by City & Guilds/WJEC.  For the majority of learners on these qualifications, learners can continue to work with their assessors towards the generation of evidence. Awarding will be delayed until such time as centres re-open, the required observations by the assessor are able to take place, and the remaining summative assessments have been completed.  

We will continue to work with Qualifications Wales and, where appropriate, with Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales. We will continue to consider the changes we may need to make for assessment arrangements once centres re-open, to ensure that learners can achieve their qualifications at the earliest possible opportunity. 
 
More information on each of the approaches outlined above can be found here. 

Thank you all for your support and patience during this challenging time for us all.  

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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