Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

The Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) will be the only qualification that confirms occupational competence for identified roles in the Health and Social Care workforce in England. Learners have the opportunity to take a general qualification in health and social care, or they may specialise in dementia care, or learning disabilities.

Potential job roles:
• Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings.
• Senior healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments.
• Senior healthcare assistants/support workers in acute health environments.
• Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services.
• Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services.
• Senior support workers in supported living projects.
• Community-based senior care assistants/support workers/key workers.
• Including those working in specialist areas, eg dementia, learning disabilities.
• Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families.
• Emerging new types of workers and multi-disciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.
Entry requirements:
No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required. These qualifications are for all learners aged 16 and above.

Qualification Structure:

Generic Pathway

Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. To do this they must achieve:
• 28 credits from the mandatory units
• a minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional knowledge/specialist context units
• a minimum of 23 credits from the optional competence units
Dementia Pathway
Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. To do this they must achieve:
• 28 credits from the mandatory units
• 3 credits from the mandatory knowledge Unit 13: Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia
• 4 credits from the optional knowledge/specialist context units
• 4 credits from a choice of competence units in Dementia care (1 unit)
• a minimum of 19 credits from the optional competence units

Adults with Learning
Disabilities Pathway
28 credits from the mandatory units
• 4 credits from mandatory knowledge Learning Disabilities unit, Unit 22: Understand the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
• learners may choose to achieve a maximum of 3 credits from the optional knowledge unit group
• a maximum of 5 credits from a choice of competence Learning Disabilities units (one unit)
• a minimum of 18 credits from the optional competence units

Fees: This course fee is £2000.
Advanced learning loan is available for this course from 24+ Loan is payable when you start earning £21,000 or more per year however if you don’t earn that much you never pay it back. Paying back period won’t start until April 2016, Eligibility criteria applies for advanced learning loans.
Duration: Approx. 9 months
Progression opportunities
It is anticipated that learners will progress to Level 5 QCF qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in health and social care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.