Priority Qualifications List: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Tuesday 08 Nov 2016

Qualifications Wales has today published a revised Priority Qualifications List (PQL), noting GCSEs and A levels for first teaching in September 2017 alongside a suite of qualifications in health and social care and childcare, for first teaching in September 2019.

Health and social care and childcare qualifications

We recently consulted on a proposal to restrict the number of qualifications in health and social care (including childcare) that would be able to be approved and therefore eligible for use on publically funded programmes of learning. We believe this will increase consistency, raise overall standards and enable effective provision of welsh medium resources.

The consultation, which was open for five weeks and closed on 5 October, received 160 responses from employers, schools, universities, awarding bodies and others. Seventy-nine percent of respondents who expressed a view confirmed that they fully or partially agreed with the Proposal to Restrict the health and social care and childcare qualifications.

The consultation also sought views on qualifications in playwork and occupational therapy, but as a result of feedback received during consultation, these will not be included within the Proposed Restriction. These proposals will not affect the vast majority of qualifications used in the wider health sector, but will focus on the integrated health and social care qualifications that are key to the implementation of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014.

The qualifications, which are due to be developed, have been agreed as priority qualifications, in conjunction with the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales. We consider that the new qualifications will replace a range of existing designated qualifications that are eligible for public funding. The list of existing designated qualifications is not exhaustive, will be reviewed regularly and can be viewed here.

Schools, colleges, work-based learning providers, employers and others will be involved in further consultations to seek their views on the draft subject content for these qualifications in 2017.

The PQL also acts as a notification of our intention to restrict. The Notification of a Proposal to Restrict is Annex A of the PQL. Interested parties may make representations in respect of the Proposal to Restrict these qualifications by 22 November 2016. Depending on the outcomes of this process, Qualifications Wales then proposes to publish a Determination to Restrict. We would then start the commissioning process to appoint awarding bodies to work with us next year, to develop high quality qualifications.

Please note: This should be read in conjunction with this letter.