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NAPA Qualifications

NAPA believes that Activity Providers should have the right skills and knowledge to provide person-centred opportunities for activity and engagement. Everyone should be able to take part in learning and development to make sure they can carry out their role effectively.

Qualifications can play an important role in learning and development and there are a wide variety available within adult social care. Qualifications are available for Activity Providers and practitioners interested in activity provision, from entry-level and career progression.  NAPA qualifications have been developed in partnership with employers and Awarding Organisations, in line with Skills for Care specifications and processes.

“Looking for a formal qualification for your staff Activity Provider or Activity Team?
We recommend the QCF Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care as the minimum requirement for all staff involved in activity provision it provides the necessary knowledge and skills required to provide person-centred activity and engagement. The Level 3 QCF Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care is the key qualification for Activity Team Leaders and senior staff and demonstrates a commitment to prioritising wellbeing.”

Hilary WoodheadExecutive Director – NAPA

Level 1 Qualifications

Award in Developing Emotional Resilience

(GLH: 8 – Credit value: 1)

This course aims to help learners understand what is meant by ‘emotional resilience’, recognise their own personal responses to new social, environmental and emotional situations, and learn ways of developing emotional resilience. This Award is useful for people who want to develop their own emotional resilience in their personal or professional lives.

Learners will explore:

  • What is meant by the term ‘emotional resilience’
  • Personal responses to new social, environmental, and emotional situations
  • The ways for developing emotional resilience

Click here for application form

Award in Awareness of Health and Wellbeing

(GLH: 8 – Credit value: 1)

This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of what is meant by ‘health and wellbeing’ and the lifestyle choices and factors that can affect it.

Learners will explore:

  • The meaning of ‘health and wellbeing’
  • The factors that influence health and wellbeing
  • The different types of health services that exist locally

Click here for application form

Award in Awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing (GLH: 8 – Credit value: 1)

This course aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and how to foster good mental health and wellbeing.

Learners will explore:

  • What is meant by the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘wellbeing’
  • Mental health issues in relation to diverse groups
  • How to access support for mental health issues
  • How to foster good mental health and wellbeing in self

Click here for application form

Level 2 Qualifications

Level 2 

Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care

( GLH: 62 – Credits: 8) *

  Who is it for?

The OCN London Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care qualification enables those working, or intending to work, in the health and social care sector to develop their understanding of the potential benefits for individuals of engaging in both everyday activities and programmed activities. From care staff to managers, activity providers to day-centre staff, domiciliary workers to owners and volunteers, this course is suitable for all. It will support learners to contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of individual and group activities and to meet a range of individual’s different needs. It will further learner’s understanding of the part activity has to play in providing person-centred care. This qualification was developed in partnership with Skills for Care.

It is increasingly recognised that Activity Provision can make a significant contribution to wellbeing and quality of life and the Care Sector reports a need for specialist training for their staff in this area.

The Award

In order to achieve this qualification, the learner MUST complete, successfully, all 4 units. Learners will achieve unit credits and a certificate for each unit they complete. Those completing all 4 units will receive a fully accredited award certificate from OCN London and the ‘NAPA Activity Worker’ certificate and badge.

Course Content

The Award is made up of 4 units:

  • Understand Activity Provision in Social Care
  • Understand the Delivery of Activities in Social Care
  • Understand the Benefits of Engaging in Activities in Social Care Students

then choose one of the following units to complete the qualification:

  • Dementia Awareness
  • Understand the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Course fees start at £400 per student Click here for application form

 Level 2

Award in Developing Leadership Skills

(GLH: 16 – Credits: 2) *

Who is it for?

The OCN London Award in Developing Leadership Skills is aimed at developing the leadership skills of learners, enriching their employability skills and personal growth.

The purpose of the qualification is to develop the leadership skills of learners, to apply in the workplace and other situations. It will provide learners with a greater knowledge of leadership skills and the confidence to apply and develop them in a variety of contexts such as work, education, leisure, and in the community.

Unit learning outcomes:

  • Understand the key characteristics of an effective leader
  • Understand the skills involved in being an effective leader
  • Understand the relationship between leader and team member
  • Know how to lead

Course fees start at £99 per student Click here for the application form

Level 2 

Award in Dementia Awareness

(GLH: 62 – Credits: 8)

Who is it for?

This unit will provide valuable accreditation of knowledge and skills for workers in the area of dementia care. The course is aimed at support workers, care assistants, activity providers, anyone with an interest in dementia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what dementia is
  • Understand the most common types of dementia
  • Understand factors relating to an individual’s experience of dementia

The Dementia Awareness unit has been written in an easy to follow format, which includes information to read, exercises to complete, information to gather and think about. These are all designed to help you learn and relate your new knowledge to your workplace as well as to consolidate your knowledge. There is a written assessment which needs to be passed in order to gain this qualification. Completion of this unit can be used to demonstrate your ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development). You can keep the workbook in your CPD portfolio and it can be used at a later date as evidence towards any relevant Health & Social Care QCF qualification.

Course fees start at £99 per student Click here for application form

Level 2 

Understand the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

(GLH: 35 – Credits: 4)

Who is it for?

This unit aims to build on your understanding of what it means to have a learning disability and how you can support individuals with a learning disability. The course is suitable for staff working in a variety of settings. It will be useful whether they are employed in health or social care, a community or an education setting or whether working in a paid or voluntary role.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the legislation and policies that support the human rights and inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities
  • Understand the nature and characteristics of learning disability
  • Understand the historical context of learning disability
  • Understand the basic principles and practice of advocacy, empowerment and active participation in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families
  • Understand how views and attitudes impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family carers
  • Know how to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities.

This unit has been written in an easy to follow format, which includes information to read, exercises to complete, information to gather and think about. These are all designed to help you learn and relate new knowledge to your workplace as well as to consolidate your knowledge. There is a written assessment which needs to be passed in order to gain this qualification. Completion of this unit can be used to demonstrate your ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development). You can keep the workbook in your CPD portfolio and it can be used at a later date as evidence towards any relevant Health & Social Care QCF qualification.

Course fees start at £149 per student. Click here for application form

Level 3 Qualifications

Level 3 

Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care

(GLH: 119 – Credits: 18)

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at Activity Providers with responsibility for leading and coordinating activity provision within a care setting. The Level 3 Certificate in Activity Provision in Social Care develops understanding of the social benefits of providing opportunities for different kinds of activities in the context of care. This qualification provides a valuable insight to learners of ways in which activity provision can lead the way in providing meaningful and purposeful engagement for people. It will enable learners to contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of an activity based model of care. Learners will receive unit workbooks, course handbook, a camera for assessments and full tutor support.

Course Content

The course is made up of 5 units:

  • Coordination of Activity Provision in Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity in Activity Provision
  • Implement Therapeutic Group Activities
  • Community Involvement in Activity Provision
  • Activity Provision in Dementia Care

The Certificate

In order to achieve this qualification, the learner MUST complete, successfully, all 5 units. Learners will achieve unit credits and a certificate for each unit they complete. Those completing all 5 units will receive a fully accredited award certificate from OCN London and the ‘NAPA Activity Leader’ certificate and badge.

Course fees start at £700 per student Click here for application form

"I have been able to apply what I have learned to structure and plan effective activities for the people I support, ensuring that all the aspects of Risk Assessments and other safety issues are scrutinised carefully." Wellbeing Practitioner