QCF Level 4 in Health & Social Care

The Level 4 QCF in Health and Social Care is the internationally recognised equivalent of a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and is the UK industry standard for those working with adults in a health and social care role.

The programme equips delegates with a range of skills which will prove vital when supporting adults in social care settings, and they will also be able to customise the training to suit their specific role, with a series of optional units.

Delegates who attend this course will be recognised for holding the skills and competence required to work with adults in a range of care environments, including domiciliary, residential and community care.

Training is available via e-portfolio to ensure that delegates have greater flexibility when training and can learn at a pace to suit them.

Please note we do not offer this QCF for those working with Children or Young People

As I have told others... It is the best, most informative training I have ever attended

QCF (NVQ) Diploma In Health & Social Care Level 4 - Adults

Mandatory Units

  • 143: Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care.
  • 410: Advanced Communication Skills.
  • 411: Personal Development in Health and Social Care.
  • 412: Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care.
  • 413: Facilitate Person Centred Assessment to Support Wellbeing of Individuals.
  • 414: Facilitate Support Planning to Ensure Positive Outcomes for Individuals and to Support Wellbeing.
  • 415: Understand Personalisation in Care and Support Services.
  • 416: Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Settings.
  • 417: Professional Practice in Health and Social Care for Adults.
  • 418: Safeguard Vulnerable People Who Are Present in the Adult Social Care Sector.
  • 637: Develop, Maintain and Use Records and Reports.
  • 681: Understand Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care Settings.

Optional Units

The optional knowledge and competence units cover a variety of areas in health and social care, enabling delegates to tailor the course to their own specific career development needs. Please feel free to contact us to further request an information pack on the optional pathways available.

Further Information


The QCF is fully compliant with the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards approved by Skills for Care and Development. This course is accredited by OFQUAL and will help your organisation to meet the conditions and standards required by the Care Quality Commission.

How does assessment take place?

The course assessment includes an evaluation of work-based performance, presentation of evidence, witness statements and peer testimony, and question and answer sessions. Delegates will need to put together a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that they can achieve the course objectives to the required standard.

To assist in this, course delegates are appointed an accredited QCF assessor who helps assemble their portfolio and guide them throughout the assessment. Email and telephone support is also on hand and course resources are provided when required.

What are the entry requirements?

Caring For Care is an equal opportunities provider and a potential participant only needs to be aged 18+ and have been employed in a vocational setting relevant to the occupational standards for Health and Social Care in order for them to be able to complete the qualification successfully.

How long will it take?

The course is completely flexible and we encourage students to learn at their own pace. The awarding body do stipulate that the course is completed within 36 months, but most students will successful finish the programme in around 9!

How would I progress further?

Upon completing this programme, graduates can move on to QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care if they are in an appropriate management position. Alternatively we offer a huge range of specialist care courses to enhance their chosen pathway.


This course takes approximately 36 months to complete on average


Delegate will be issued with a life-long qualification

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