This will depend on the type of job you are interested in – specific qualifications will be highlighted on the job advert.

What matters most is that you have the values, beliefs and attitudes required for working in care.

However, all 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 also need skills in teamwork and problem solving.

The Care Certificate shows the minimum areas that should be covered as part of your induction training. You may choose to do additional formal qualifications depending on your area of work or chosen career path, for example NVQs.

What’s really important is that you’re a compassionate, kind and thoughtful person. The individual employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and numeracy skills such as GCSE A-C in English and Maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications though – if you’re interested, you can work towards them once you start the job.