Health and Social Care - Level 3 Diploma
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
This qualiﬁcation develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a senior role with adults in health and social care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.
Course Entry Requirements
To gain entry on this course, you should have:
- GCSE English and Mathematics at grade D or above OR
- Functional Skills English and Mathematics at Level One or above
It is also beneficial to have:
- Qualified at Level 2 in Health and Social Care
- Paid or voluntary experience within the Health or Social Care sectors
You will also need a clear DBS check.
Career Options and Progression
This course will equip you gain employment in many careers such as:
- Healthcare Assistant
- Senior Carer
- Community-based Support Worker
If you are 18+ once you complete the course, you can also progress to one of the University Centre's Foundation Degrees in:
- Health and Social Care, specialising in drugs / alcohol misuse, mental health or working with young people.
- Family Support and Wellbeing
Subject to funding availability and eligibility, you can progress within further education to an Extended Diploma Health and Social Care (subject to Entry Requirements for English and Maths). The Extended Diploma carries up to 420 UCAS points.
Many students gain employment in the health and care sectors where they undertake placement experiences, proving themselves to be valuable additions to the setting.
Modules and Assessment
On this one-year course you will study a range of units including:
- Health and Safety
- Safeguarding Adults
- Skin Risk Assessments
- Physiological Measurements
- Duty of Care
If you are aged 16-18 years old, you will also study Maths and English alongside this qualification, and you will gain lots of experience in the health and care sectors as you will be allocated a work placement.
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence.
You are assessed through a range of different methods; direct observation in the work place, portfolio evidence, written assignments, posters, presentations, leaflets or task set by the awarding body.
You will be observed for a minimum of three times in your work placement, where your vocational competency will be judged. These workplace assessments will contribute significantly to the achievement of your overall qualification.
Your portfolio work is submitted to an electronic portfolio.
Teaching and Learning Methods
3 days per week in college and 1 day per week on a work placement in a health or social care setting.
These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with one-to-one support also provided. Part of your timetable will include a session where you will be supported by teaching staff to complete any written assessments. You will also be assigned a group tutor who will support you throughout your journey at the College.
Work Placement and Field Trips
You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support your learning for a minimum of 100 hours.
Placement is a crucial element of your journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings where you could be placed:
- Residential Care Home
- Nursing Home
- Day Centre
- Children's Centre
- Health Centre
- Domiciliary/Community care
- Respite Care
- Specialised Voluntary Groups
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
You will be allocated a small budget to pay for any College printing costs. However once you have exceeded the limit, you will be liable for any additional printing costs.
You will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from your placements; however you may be eligible for financial support from the College. Book an appointment with the iKnow Team for further information. Call 01253 352352.
The college will provide most of your work placement uniform; you just need appropriate flat footwear and black trousers.
We will recommend a variety of text books that you could purchase to support you in your studies.
You will also need writing materials (such as pens and paper) and a folder in which to store your college-work.
Regulation and Accreditation
This Ofqual-regulated qualification is a QCF qualification. This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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