What qualifications do you need?

All health and care workers need a few core skills, for example English and basic number skills. You need to be able to do everyday tasks like communicating, counting medication, making notes and using a computer. You will also need skills in team work and problem solving. You will often be tested on these skills at interview.

The Care Certificate shows the minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training for people new to health and care.

You may choose to do additional formal qualifications depending on your area of work or chosen career path, for example NVQs.

If you already have NVQs in health and social care and have some experience, there are even more opportunities for you to progress your career.

Skills for Care Learning and Development guide is a great place to start exploring all the training options.

Health Careers has useful information on study and training options at all levels in the health sector.


Apprenticeships are government funded work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. They can be for new or existing employees and are a great way to enter a career. Read more about apprenticeships on the national apprenticeship website.

The Cornwall Apprenticeship site provides information on apprenticeships in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly for both employers and individuals.

Higher level qualifications

There are a range of qualifications to progress your career in care. This may be a higher level apprenticeship for a management role, or it may be specialist training in your chosen area of expertise. This includes certificates or diplomas which can be obtained through the local colleges including Cornwall College and Truro and Penwith College.

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