Update to health and social care SASE frameworks

SASE Framework Update

As you are probably already aware, the apprenticeship sector is currently undergoing a number of significant reforms. As well as the introduction of the apprenticeship levy – which changes the way in which apprenticeships are funded – new apprenticeship standards have been developed that are gradually replacing the old frameworks known as SASE (Specification of apprenticeship standards for England). 

This includes the SASE framework for the health and social care sector. 

Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
From 29 December 2017, the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care will close. These will instead by replaced by the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Work Apprenticeship standards and assessments plans from January 2018, and which will become the only apprenticeship route for apprentices working at level 2 and level 3 in health and social care. 

The Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) and the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will be withdrawn on 31 December 2017 and will be replaced by the Level 2 Diploma in Care and the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, which will launch on 1 January 2018.

You won’t need to do anything to maintain your approval with us. Your account manager will transfer any registrations you have for the withdrawn QCF qualifications over to the new RQF qualifications at no further charge. Please note, if you are transferring to the new RQF qualifications, it is essential that you fully review the qualification specifications before delivery takes place.

Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management
Skills for Care has recently issued the following statement:

The trailblazer group has advised that the revised version of the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard has been submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for review and approval. The revisions reflect feedback from stakeholders and requirements from IfA. It’s unlikely to be completed before January that impacts on the planned availability of the standard for delivery from January 2018. Due to this the IfA will not consider the relevant assessment plan.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new standard and ensure the continuity of apprenticeship provision at level 5, the current SASE Framework level 5 apprenticeship will remain open for new registrations until 31 August 2018.


This has been agreed between Skills for Care, awarding organisations and the adult care trailblazer group.

The registration period for the existing qualification Level 5 Leadership and Management will be extended by all awarding organisations until 31 August 2018 (agreed by the Joint Awarding Body Quality Group – JABQG).

The new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care will be launched on 1 September 2018, by which time the apprenticeship standard assessment plan will be expected to have been published.

This means that the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) will be transitioned to the RQF from 1 January 2018 with no changes made to the content or assessment. Centre approval and direct claim status will transfer automatically, and your account manager will be happy to transfer any unused registrations for you.

The launch of the new level 5 diploma will be delayed until 1 September 2018.

For more information on the withdrawal and launch of health and social care qualifications, please visit here.
Get in touch if you have any questions regarding this SASE framework.

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