The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) is the UK’s leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education sector.
As a CACHE Centre, we have a range of courses that we can deliver which include:
- CACHE Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care (QCF)
- CACHE Level 2 Award in the prevention and Control of Infection (QCF)
- CACHE Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings (QCF)
- CACHE Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia
- CACHE Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (QCF)
- CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care
- CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
- CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Assisting and Moving Individuals for Social Care Settings (QCF)
- CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
- CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
- CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Service (England) (QCF)
What is the QCF?
NVQ’s are now QCF’s. These are still vocational qualifications; however, they have been changed to be more relevant to the needs of the employers. The aim is that learners can complete individual units and put these towards qualifications, you can transfer these units with you when you move to a new job or to a new training provider. This should mean that they are simpler to use and understand, and that they are more accessible for a greater number of learners.
There are more changes to come…
On the 1st October 2015, the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) replaced the QCF and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) which includes qualifications such as GCSEs and A-Levels. The RQF is a single, simple system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, which will include all qualifications which were previously catalogued as NQF or QCF. This will make it easier to understand how different qualifications relate to each other, regardless of whether they are academic or vocational. The only change that you might see at the moment is the gradual removal of the (QCF) descriptor from qualifications ahead of Ofqual’s 2017 deadline, but this will not change the delivery or content of the qualifications.
What is the difference between Award, Certificate and Diploma?
The QCF qualifications are made up of units which have a credit value showing how long it is expected that it will take to complete each individual unit and the overall qualification. The total number of credits from all the units included in the qualification will determine whether the qualification is categorized as an Award, Certificate or Diploma. If a qualification is made up of 1-12 credits it is an Award, 13-36 credits it is a Certificate and 37+ credits is a Diploma. Each unit and qualification are also given a level; these are from Entry Level to 8 and this shows how difficult the qualification or unit is.
Please look at our Funding page to see how the cost of these qualifications can be claimed back with the Workforce Development Fund.