Independent Advocacy

Level 4

This qualification aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, behaviours and skills that underpin independent advocacy roles.

This qualification has been developed in close collaboration with key sector stakeholders, including Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW).

This qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and practice. It is designed for learners in work-based learning.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification will allow learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake an independent advocacy role.

Qualification structure

To achieve the Level 4 Independent Advocacy qualification, learners must achieve:

  • A minimum of 41 credits from the Mandatory group.
  • A minimum of 11 credits from the Optional group.
Mandatory Group
Unit Number Unit Title GLH Credit
428 Providing independent advocacy – principles and practice 154 32
429 Understanding legislation in the context of independent advocacy 55 9

Optional Group
Unit Number Unit Title GLH Credit
430 Independent advocacy with adults 10 11
431 Independent advocacy with children and young people 20 13
432 Independent mental health advocacy 35 13
433 Independent mental capacity advocacy 40 17


Candidates must successfully complete:

  • a portfolio of evidence
  • an account related to legislation
  • direct observations of practice
  • a reflective account of practice
  • a professional discussion

The assessments have been designed for candidates to show their knowledge, understanding and skills of both the mandatory units and their chosen pathway content. The assessments cover a range of written elements to reflect knowledge and understanding, as well as practice elements that include the direct observation of learner practice to confirm their competence in the practical skills required for independent advocacy.

What could the qualification lead to?

The qualification allows learners to progress within employment or further study at a higher level. 

For more information on requirements to work within the Health and Social Care sector, including specific job roles, refer to the ‘Qualification framework for social care and regulated childcare in Wales’ which can be accessed on the Social Care Wales’ website.

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Key Documents

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