All up-to information on the new Learning Disability Qualifications can be found on the Skills for Care website at: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/qualifications_and_training/adultsocialcarequalifications/learning_disability_QCF.aspx
Learning disability qualifications
There are four learning disability specific qualifications available. A broad range of optional units have been identified to provide as much flexibility as possible for the learner to focus on the units that provide what they need to know and is relevant for their role.
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
- Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Level 3 certificate in supporting individuals with learning disabilities units
The certificates provide the opportunity for contextualised Continuing Professional Development for workers with experience in social care to develop knowledge and skills around supporting individuals with a learning disability so that they can provide high quality person centred support. It is not intended that the certificates confirm competence in the social care role as this can only be truly achieved through the Health and Social Care Diplomas.
Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
The smaller awards offer the opportunity of accredited learning in small chunks and have a variety of potential uses including:
- People whose job role is not exclusively focused around supporting individuals with learning disabilities, but who come into contact with people as part of their job, e.g. health, education, housing, leisure, employment, libraries and people working in probation.
- Employment support workers, dementia care advisors and palliative care professionals could complete the award to enable them to better tailor their service to people’s needs. Used in this context these qualifications would support the implementation of the current autism, dementia and end of life strategies for people with learning disabilities.
- Workers who are new to learning disability services but already know about social care.
- Workers in learning disability services wishing to undertake a shorter CPD qualification.
- People in community and volunteering roles who work alongside or support people with a learning disability who want more information so that they can do a good job.
Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care Diploma – Learning Disability pathway
Combining the mandatory units of the diploma with units from the learning disability pathway will enable learners to cover comparable knowledge to the previous Learning Disability Qualification (LDQ) together with additional knowledge and skills relating to supporting people with a learning disability.