PWA01 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (RQF)

Qualification summary

The Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (RQF) is a vocational qualification providing a basic awareness for learners who want to work in this sector. It is ideal for school leavers who are eligible for employment and pre-apprenticeship programmes, adult returners or those undergoing a career change and who may want to understand more about working in health and social care.

This qualification is only aimed at learners interested in working in adult social care in England. It aims to introduce you to some basic concepts of caring for adults which are essential within this sector including the knowledge around the following areas:

  • the adult social care sector
  • values and principles
  • skills and attitudes
  • communication
  • role of the adult social care worker

This qualification can be used as part of a foundation learning programme and learners can progress into employment within a wide range of health and social care roles, such as:

  • Care assistant
  • Assisted living support worker etc.

On completion you could progress on to the Level 2 Diploma in Care (RQF). You could even undertake the Adult Care Worker Level 2 Apprenticeship.

If you feel you already have an awareness of the sector then you could look at the qualifications above or at more specialised qualifications such as:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Working in Care Services (RQF)

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

It is supported nationwide by employers within the care sector. For contact details of the training providers and colleges that offer this qualification in your local area, please email our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve 6 credits from Group A to complete this qualification.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 60 hours

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 53

Qualification numberQualification reference
PWA01 600/2290/5 

Group A – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleCredit value
F/502/9579PWSC01Introduction to the adult social care sector1
D/502/9590PWSC02Introduction to the values and principles of adult social care1
M/502/9660PWSC08Awareness of the skills and attitudes needed to work in adult social care1
A/502/9662PWSC09Awareness of communication in adult social care2
F/502/9727PWSC10Awareness of the role and responsibilities of the adult social care worker1

To find out more, please contact our customer services team on 0121 270 5100 or email us.