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IQ Level 3 Award in Clinical Skills: Catheterisation (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/5138/9
Title IQ Level 3 Award in Clinical Skills: Catheterisation (QCF)
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 01/12/2014
Operational End Date 31/12/2016
Total Units 1 Min Credit 4
Min Guided Learning Hours 28 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £15.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Award in Clinical Skills: Catheterisation (QCF) is designed for registered nurses and non-registered practitioners to train them to carry out urinary catheterisation in a variety of health care settings.

Learners will gain an understanding of the relevant theory, practical and professional requirements in line with Skills for Health National Occupational Standards and will develop skills in carrying out urinary catheterisation under supervision in a simulated learning environment. The main objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace. The qualification could lead to more specialised roles within the learner's current job role and support them to work towards promotion. Another objective could be preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding.


Learners can progress to, for example:

IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support (QCF)

Level 3 Award/ Certificate/Diploma in Healthcare Support (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma in Maternity and Paediatric Support (QCF)

In each case credit transfer is possible.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification learners have to achieve four credits from the mandatory unit.

IQ Level 3 Award in Clinical Skills: Catheterisation (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:4
 J/601/8979Undertake urethral catheterisation processes3428


The unit is assessed by portfolio (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ). An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and competence is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria of relevant units must be covered.

This unit must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development’s QCF Assessment Principles.

Learning outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5 must be assessed in a real work environment.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Qualification develops knowledge and skills

All learning outcomes in this qualification (or relevant unit) must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and competence; these can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer
  • Question and answer verbal  or written
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Observation

Practical demonstration/ assignment

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and are likely to be registered nurses or non-registered practitioners in job roles which require them to carry out urinary catheterisation

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the assessment strategy Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles, located in Appendix A at the end of this document.

The qualification is a mix of knowledge and competence and therefore delivery requires input from a competent practitioner who is able to supervise the learners in order to develop their competence to carry out catheterisation independently.

Trainers/assessors must be occupationally competent registered practitioners with relevant expertise e.g. registered nurse, GP or HCPC member (Paramedic or Operating Department Practitioner).

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification



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