About Wave Training:
We provide NVQs in Health & Social care
, care management training
and mandatory care training
for staff and managers of care homes and service providers throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Managing a care service
or a care home
is a challenging task. With more and more responsibility being placed on the care manager to take responsibility for the development of their workforce, ensuring they complete their NVQs in Care Training and their common induction standards care training. Having a reliable care training partner to ensure your staff have the professional care training they require is essential.
Our care training
delivery team, who are local to you and from care management
or care service backgrounds, with their own care qualifications
, understand your needs and just how challenging managing a care home
or a care service
Your care training
will be tailored to meet your needs and our flexible approach to both NVQs in care
, care management training
and your mandatory care training
, will mean your staff get the care training
you need with minimum interference with your day to day management of your care home
or care service
Registered Care Managers Training
We also specialise in providing care management training
. As of summer 2008, the Registered Managers Award (RMA)
has been replaced with the Leadership and Management for Care Services
qualification. This is a care management
qualification and all registered care managers
who do not possess a Registered Managers Award
or similar management qualification, should be looking to complete this.
Welcome to your NVQs In Care and Mandatory Training provider. We provide care training courses in your workplace, throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Our Care courses include:
NVQ level 4 in Care is aimed at Senior carers, Domiciliary Carers, those working within care management and deputy care management positions.
NVQ 4 in care is designed to teach the techniques involved in care management and delivery of physical, emotional or enabling care to service users. NVQ 4 in care is typically a care manager or senior carer qualification.
Leadership and Management for Care Services Award is aimed at managers of social care service provision and nursing staff.
Care home managers, care service managers and those involved with the care management of day care centres that provide a service for vulnerable children and adults. This includes nursing homes and any facility providing care for adults or children. Suitable for those working in a care management capacity.
BTEC Nationals are qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment.
The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. Consequently they can provide a course of study for full-time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and training centres. The family of BTEC Nationals
includes Awards, Certificates and Diplomas which offer opportunities for nested provision and flexibility of delivery. BTEC Nationals
are designed to relate to the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate, and are supported by the relevant Standards Setting Body (SSB) or Sector Skills Council (SSC). Some BTEC Nationals
form the Technical Certificate component of Apprenticeships and all attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications. On successful completion of a BTEC National
qualification, learners can progress into or within employment and/or continue their study in the same vocational area.
Edexcel, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.
Edexcel offer the widest range of learning programmes, from academic qualifications – such as the ‘gold standard’ GCEs (A levels) and GCSEs – vocational and business learning and adult literacy and numeracy qualifications.
For over 25 years, Edexcle have championed work-related learning through BTECs and other vocational qualifications. Over a million learners registered for Edexcel’s BTECs and other vocational qualifications in 2007-08, including more than 200,000 school students taking Edexcel’s BTEC Firsts and Nationals – GCSE and A level equivalents.
Edexcle are also leading the way in delivering the Diploma in England, which is offered in schools and sits alongside or encompasses Edexcel’s BTEC and GCE/GCSE learning.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-based qualifications through
which the skills and knowledge people need to perform their jobs effectively are
assessed. The qualifications are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS),
which define what employees, or potential employees, must be able to do and know,
and how well they undertake work tasks and work roles.
The NOS are defined by organisations known as Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and
Standard Setting Bodies (SSBs). These organisations are made up of representatives
from the relevant professions, industries and businesses.
Each NVQ is designed to fit into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which
compares different qualifications in the UK and throughout Europe. You can find out
more about the NQF from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) website:
NVQs are open to everybody. You do not normally need to meet any entry
requirements, or age restrictions, there is no fixed time in which to complete your
NVQ and you do not have to achieve it all at once. The only limitation is the lifetime
of the qualification.
Sometimes candidates might need special assessment arrangements in order to
provide equal opportunities to those with special learning and learning support
requirements. You must talk with your assessor, tutor or employer if you think that
you might need special arrangements.
NVQs are updated every few years to ensure that they continue to meet the changing
needs of the occupational sectors. An explanation of the levels is provided on the
NVQs are normally available at five levels, which reflect the range of technical and
supervisory skills, knowledge and experience that employees should have as they
progress in job roles. Some SSCs/SSBs may not always develop the of NVQs possible at
What different NVQs are available for the care sector?
NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care (Adults)
NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)
The BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care provide:
• education and training for health and social care employees
• opportunities for health and social care employees to achieve a nationally recognised
Level 3 vocationally specific qualification
• people with a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification for entry into
employment in the health and social care sectors
• progression routes to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Higher National in Health and Social Care
• learners with a period of work experience which acts as a focal point for learning and
provides experience of the sectors
• a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful
performance in working life.
These qualifications are supported by the relevant sector skills councils:
• Skills for Care and Development
• Skills for Health.
Overview of the Qualifications
The BTEC National Award in Health and Social Care consists of three core units and a wide
choice of specialist units. The specialist units include a unit that is strongly recommended for learners and includes 50 hours of work experience.
The BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care include 100 hours of
mandatory work experience. Both are available with the following endorsements, depending on the choice of core units:
• Social Care
• Health Studies
• Health Sciences.
The BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care are also available
without an endorsed title.
Embedded within the BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care is the importance of reflection and evidence-based practice.
The core units provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the Level 3 NVQ in Health and Social Care.
There is also a mandatory requirement for learners to produce a professional development portfolio. This will include a professional practice log book and other records that will demonstrate learner’s progression and development throughout the duration of their National programme.
How are Btec assessed?
The qualifications are internally assessed and externally verified by Edexcel. Centres may
develop their own assessment instruments provided these meet the requirements of
assessment within the specification.
Who should take these qualifications?
The BTEC National Award in Health and Social Care is designed as an additional qualification within a level 3 programme. Such a level 3 programme could also include, for example, GCEs or other BTEC National Awards or Certificates. The BTEC National Award in Health and Social Care will provide learners with an introduction and overview of the health and social care sectors and help to support career choices.
The BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care are designed as stand alone qualifications that provide learners with knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sectors, and specialist knowledge and understanding according to their choice of titles and specialist units.
The BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care will prepare learners either for employment in the sectors or for higher education.
What BTECs are available?
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Health and Social Care
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care (Social Care)
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences)
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Social Care)
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Sciences)
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England.
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere.
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) vision is of high quality health and social care which:
• Supports people to live healthy and independent lives
• Helps people and their carer’s make informed choices about care; and
• Responds to individual needs.
By high quality care, The Care Quality Commission (CQC) mean care that:
• is safe
• has the right outcomes, including clinical outcomes (for example do people get the right treatment and are they well cared for?)
• is a good experience for the people who use it, their carer’s and their
• helps to prevent illness, and promotes healthy, independent living.
• is available to those who need it when they need it; and
• provides good value for money
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) values are to:
• put the people who use services first, be informed by what they tell us and stand up for their rights and dignity
• be independent
• be expert and authoritative, basing our actions on high quality evidence
• be a champion for joined up care across services
• work with service providers and the professions to agree definitions of quality
• be visible, open, transparent and accountable.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) was set up under the Education Act 1997 to develop and regulate the national curriculum, assessments in schools and qualifications. In 2007 the government decided to set up an independent exams regulator, Ofqual, which has now taken on most of QCA's regulatory functions.
The government is introducing legislation in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill that is expected to make Ofqual a completely separate organisation and will transform QCA into QCDA. The bill will also specify when these changes will take place. For now, QCA remains the legal entity. QCDA will deliver, and build on, QCA's non-regulatory work.
How The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)'ll work
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) work with schools and colleges on:
• The curriculum - The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) listen to what teachers tell us, and together The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)'ll build a curriculum that will prepare young people for the
• Assessment - as The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)ll as delivering the national curriculum tests, The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) want to develop ways of assessing pupils' progress that support teaching and that are manageable in the classroom
• Qualifications - together The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)'ll review and develop qualifications, so that students have the knowledge and skills they need to take them into higher education and work.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) work with businesses on:
• Qualifications that help people get the right skills - such as the Diploma, which combines classroom and workplace learning
• The Qualifications and Credit Framework - a new system that lets people build up their qualifications in small steps so that all their learning is recognised, including training at work.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Work hand in hand:
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) work with people as passionate about education as The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) are. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) particularly want to hear from people directly involved in education, from students, teachers and lecturers to awarding bodies. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)'ll also run public consultations to help shape major changes. As The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) are a trusted adviser to the government, our consultations will give everyone the chance to influence the decision-makers.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is currently operating certain of its non-regulatory functions under the name Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA). The legal entity remains QCA, established under the Education Act 1997. QCA is an exempted charity under the Charities Act 1993.