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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 52


Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 2800.00****

Interview: N

Course Summary

This one-year Diploma covers a range of themes such as:

  • legislation, practices and processes regarding the residential sector
  • risk assessment
  • supporting group living
  • how to support outcomes of supportive living


Entry requirements

  • Working in a residential children's environment
  • A good standard of English
  • Enthusiasm to pursue a career in this sector 
  • Access to a laptop

Course Content


  • Legislation, practices and processes regarding the residential sector
  • Risk assessment
  • Supporting group living
  • How to support outcomes of supportive living


How will I be assessed?

  • Observations
  • Questioning
  • Assignments
  • Professional discussions

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The cost of the course can be met either by a student loan or by invoice.

  • Student loan - £2800
  • Invoice - £3000

What can I do after this course?


You can progress to the BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) or in other areas of Health and Social Care. You could also consider the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Learners can also progress into relevant job roles such as Senior Care Worker, Advanced Practitioner in Residential Care, Support Worker, Registered Manager of a Children’s Home and Youth Worker.



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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** 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.

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse.
As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall.
Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College. She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently.
She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.


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