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Higher Development Award

Unlocking potential & being the best you can be

What is the Higher Development Award?

First developed in 2016, Learning and Development Leads at Health Education England (HEE) identified what additional training would mean to further develop the support workforce following the Care Certificate. A programme to enable a knowledge base to be developed for progressing their career or remaining in their current role. For most learners this programme is building on a wealth of skills and experience already held.

The fully funded Higher Development Award aims to provide experienced employees from the clinical and non-clinical workforce of acute, community and social care settings, with the opportunity to develop the core knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required to progress and practice safely within their roles. The level one award is in three parts, the personal development award, improvement project and opportunity to attend functional skills sessions. Contact your local college and apply today!

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South Devon College- Level 3

Course Overview: The Higher Development Award provides experienced employees from all Health and Social Care settings with the opportunity to develop core knowledge, skills, behaviours and values required to progress and practice safely. You will have the opportunity to work alongside others within the sector, enhancing your understanding of how your role links to the multidisciplinary team, and meets the needs of your organisation and the wider sector. You will develop your Maths, English and Digital skills and participate in a Workplace Improvement Project.

Entry Requirements: You must be employed in a Health or Social Care organisation. Prior Level 2 qualification

What will I learn?

  • Physiological Measurements
  • Sepsis Awareness
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Mentoring and Coaching Skills
  • Maintaining quality standards in Health and Social Care

Start Dates: 11th September 2023, 30th October 2023, 8th January 2024

👉 If you are interested in the course sign up on the South Devon College page.


City College Plymouth

City College Plymouth- Level 3

Course overview: The award is a personal development programme that enables clinical and non-clinical staff from all of the integrated Care Sector to be the best they can be and acknowledge their potential. Online & face to face delivery options available to meet your needs.

Entry requirements: This level 3 attracts funding under the free courses for jobs offer. For this it must be the learners first level 3, if they already have a level 3 or higher then they need to be on a low wage (under £20,319) or are in receipt of benefits. The level 3 can be funded through an advanced learning loan.

What will I learn? The Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management includes:

  • Understanding Leadership
  • Leading and Motivating a Team Effectively
  • Developing Own Leadership Capability Using Action Learning
  • Understanding and developing relationships in the workplace

Start Date: Week beginning 25th September 2023. 1 Day a fortnight over 12 weeks. The award includes support for functional skills and the opportunity to complete level one. The award will be assessed through workbooks and a presentation on a service improvement project.

👉 To register your interest, complete this online form. If you have any questions email Judi at City College Plymouth on

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