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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 52

Hours: 1.50

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 2882.00*

Concessions: 2882.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 2882.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) has been announced by the government as part of the current reform of children’s residential care. A key driver for reform has been the sexual exploitation of children in care by organised groups in various localities, and the shortfalls in care which this has highlighted.

It is therefore hoped that this qualification will improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential care, by guiding and assessing the development of carers' knowledge and skills and by confirming their competence.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before learners can register for this qualification. Learners would, however, benefit from completing mandatory induction training or a probationary period before starting the course.

Learners should be working as a carer in a residential childcare setting for at least 16 hours per week in order to be able to gather evidence to support their qualification.

Course Content

Learners will develop and demonstrate a range of technical and wider sector-related knowledge to underpin their competence in their job role.

This includes:

  • the development of children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare
  • how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse.

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. 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?

Further study

You can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Services.


You can advance your career in roles such as team leader and support worker.


* 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.

Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.

But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.

Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.

Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.

A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.

And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.

Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.

Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.

It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'

It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.

I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.

It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.

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