Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
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About this course

This course is suitable for those working in a Health & Social Care setting, either as an employee or a volunteer with some responsibility, who mainly work unsupervised. Ideal candidates include those in job roles such as; Senior healthcare assistants/support workers; Senior care workers/Assistants/Key workers/Support workers and Personal assistants.

This course has been designed to:

  • Provide an understanding of the role of the care worker and introduce the learner to the practical skills and knowledge required
  • Encourage learners to reach a level of knowledge and skill that will facilitate progression on to further vocational learning or to potential employment in the sector
  • Enable learners to develop and practice the skills required for progression in the sector
  • What will I learn?

    The course is made up groups of units, each with a credit value. In order to achieve the full qualification, learners must complete enough units to earn 58 credits.

    The learner must decide which pathway best meets the need of their job role, the pathways are Generic, Dementia and Learning Disability.

    Mandatory units:

    These are core units common to all three pathways:

    • care worker role
    • health and safety
    • equality and inclusion
    • communication
    • personal development
    • an introduction to the duty of care
    • implementing a person centred approach
    • safeguarding and handling information

    Optional Units - these are context/specialist units. All learners must achieve at least one unit from this group but not more than 7 credits worth.

    Generic pathway:

    For learners choosing the generic pathway, there is a free choice of units.

    Dementia pathway:

    Those choosing the dementia pathway must complete the understanding the process and experience of dementia unit and then free choice of other units.

    Learning Disability pathway:

    Learners must complete this unit about the context of supporting individuals with learning difficulties and then have a free choice of other units.

    Optional competence units:

    There is a wide range of optional units to choose from for example: supporting individuals to live at home, support for mobility, supporting pain management, supporting individuals to eat and drink, support individuals at end of life as well as a number of units related to working with adults with learning disabilities, substance abuse, mental health and dementia.

    Entry requirements
    There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
    Study, assessment and qualifications

    Assessments take place in the workplace by subject competent and qualified Assessors, using direct observation as the main assessment method. However, learners will also be assessed regarding their knowledge of the unit subject by assignment work.

    Your final qualification will be: City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults)

    Additional costs and information

    This is a "roll-on, roll-off" qualification so, provided you fit the required work based criteria you can join at any time.

    How long will this course take to complete?

    Aim to be completed in 16 months but this can vary for individuals.

    What could I do next?