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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 38

Hours: 2.06

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Concessions: 1200.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 2882.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge, skills and competence relating to the health and social care workforce. It serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the social care sector and is based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards.

Entry requirements

You must be aged over 16 and working on a paid basis in a health and social care role.  This qualification is suitable for workers in Adult Health and Social Care Services in roles such as senior care assistants, support workers and key workers in residential settings, domiciliary services, community and primary care environments, day services and supported living projects.

The qualification is also suitable for those working with individuals with more complex needs such as dementia, mental health needs, learning difficulties or addiction/dependency.

Course Content

Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits.  This must include 28 credits from the mandatory units plus 30 credits from the optional knowledge and competence units.

Mandatory units are:

  • Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
  • The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker
  • Promote Person-centred Approaches in Health and Social Care
  • Promote and Implement Health and Safety in Health and Social Care
  • Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings

You will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths.

How will I be assessed?

You will meet with your assessor either in a group of other learners or on a one-to-one basis. This will either be at a College site or at your workplace. This is usually on a fortnightly basis.

There is no exam. You will work with your assessor to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence and knowledge of your job role. You will be observed in your job role by your assessor to demonstrate your competence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.

What can I do after this course?

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.


*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

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