Interacting with learning providers and Awarding Organisations

SfC&D works closely with Awarding Organisations (AOs) to support the development of qualifications that equip those working in the care sector with the skills and knowledge they need. If you would like to get in touch with one of those organisations, please visit the Careers in care section of this website.

Some of these qualifications are also used to regulate the workforce in parts of the UK, so they are very important for making sure that services in the sector are of a high quality.   In Scotland the key qualifications are Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), which sit within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  In England, Wales and N Ireland, SfC&D and AOs have worked together to develop the new QCF qualifications for the sector, achieved a dramatic reduction of the number of award as the transition from NQF to QCF has taken place. From 328 qualifications for our sector, we have rationalised these to around 82 qualifications which now sit on the new framework - a significant reduction of 246!

Assessment Principles

For principles and approaches to QCF unit/qualification assessment not already described in the Regulatory Arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework please see Assessment Principles


How to get involved

Please visit the 'Engage with us' section of this website to see what the current big issues are, and tell us what you think about them. Or, if you have a good idea and want to share it with us, please email