The QCF is a system for recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). Each unit has a credit value. This value specifies the number of credits gained by learners who complete that unit. The flexibility of the system allows learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along routes that suit them best.
In January 2011 NVQs were replaced with new Diplomas and smaller Awards and Certificates for continued professional development. The Levels 2 and 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care (HSC) replace the Health and Social Care NVQs at levels 2 and 3.
To be eligible for the HSC Diplomas, candidates have to undertake an assessment. The assessment is to ascertain the candidates’ competency level and if there are any learning gaps that need to be addressed during the programme.