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Level: 3

Location: Other

Years: 2

Weeks: 78

Hours: 4.80

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This qualification gives learners the opportunity to develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in their job role. These cover issues such as duty of care, safeguarding and promotion, responsibilities of a care worker and the promotion of person-centred care, equality and inclusion, communication, personal development and health and safety.

You will also:

  • develop appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in your job role and the long-term success of your organisation
  • develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification.

Entry requirements

In order to register for this qualification, it is expected that learners will have qualifications and/or experience in the health and social care sector equivalent to Level 2. They should also be over 18 years old.

Course Content

The units in this qualification are assessed through an internally and externally quality-assured portfolio of evidence gathered during the course of the learner’s work. Each unit has specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria. To pass each unit, the learner must:

  • achieve all the specified learning outcomes
  • satisfy all the assessment criteria by providing sufficient and valid evidence for each criterion
  • prove that the evidence is their own.

The learner must have an assessment record that identifies the assessment criteria that have been met. The assessment record should be cross-referenced to the evidence provided. The assessment record should include details of the type of evidence and the date of assessment. Suitable centre documentation should be used to form an assessment record.

Mandatory units are worth 18 credits. Optional units - which the employer, student and assessor will agree and choose - are worth 30 credits.

How will I be assessed?

There are observations, professional discussions, questions, witness testimonies and products of work. You will be supported throughout by an assigned assessor.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Costs for all resources, registration, certification and support from a competent assessor are £2,880. These can be met through a student loan or you may be eligible for adult funding.

What can I do after this course?

Learners who achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (England) can, having achieved all other specified requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard, progress to achieving the full apprenticeship certification that confirms their competency in the job role.

They can then choose to progress to the Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care apprenticeship, higher level qualifications in care, or specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work. Achievement of the Level 3 qualification, together with additional training, can also support progression to job roles that require a more complex set of skills and responsibility such as lead practitioners or lead personal assistants.


* 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.

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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