Certificate in Health and Social Care L3

Part Time Day · Part Time Day/Eve · Health & Social Care · Bishop Auckland Campus

05 September 2022 - 27 June 2023
Mondays, Tuesdays
If you are aged 16 to 18 this course is free. Otherwise an Advanced Learner Loan is available.
Level 3
Taught at:
Bishop Auckland Campus

Course overview

A career in health and social care can involve working in a wide range of fields. Service users can range from babies and children, adolescents, adults, and older people, all with particular individual needs within the field of health, or social care. We will help you develop your own skills to the highest-level whichever path you choose.

(Please note- this part-time course is for applicants over the age of 19 - if you are under the age of 19- please see the full- time CACHE Level 3 Health and Social Care L3 Course).

The registered title of this course is NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social care leading to progression and enrolment in year two onto the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3.

Completion of the full level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care takes two years.

The CACHE Technical Certificate/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a challenging and valuable qualification. It will provide you with a thorough knowledge of social care and health care and give you the opportunity to experience working in care settings. As a qualification, it may provide the means to enter directly into employment or access to a range of health and care higher education, including social work and nursing qualifications.

Throughout the programme you will gain a broad understanding of health, social care and early years working environments. You will have an opportunity to develop and apply new skills and knowledge in a practical realistic way and will follow a course of study that will enable you to progress to both higher education and/or employment within the health and care sectors.

Course requirements

Minimum 4 GCSE’s at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) or equivalent, including a C or above in Maths and English, or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area. A clear criminal record check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

What will I do?

The course requires two days attendance at college (TBC) with one additional day in placement (to be arranged).

You will complete 18 units of study over the two-year course. You will be awarded points for each unit based on D- A* grades. Your points will be totalled at the end of the course to give you your final grade. Some of the included units are: Growth and Development, Safeguarding, Communication in Health and Social, Equality and Diversity, Psychological Perspectives, Sociological Perspectives, Working in Health and Social Care and Anatomy & Physiology.

There is one externally assessed assignment within year one, and one externally assessed assignment in year two. These are externally set by the awarding body and are completed under the usual exam conditions. The other units in year one and two are internally assessed and submitted as assignments (in varying formats) along with placement reflections and evidence to form the full qualification.

You will complete two health and social care placements in the first year and a further two placements in the second year. This is a mandatory requirement for the course and will provide valuable experience in health and social care. This vocational experience will develop and promote hands on skills and knowledge regarding health and social care provision and will provide a good source of evidence for assignments.

Learners will have the opportunity to work with different service user groups and will need to provide actual evidence of completing a minimum number of hours of work experience from their health and social care environments. Our experienced work placement officer will guide and assist you with your preferred placements.

Full completion of all units on the combined Technical Certificate and Extended Diploma will then be combined, at the end of the second year, to award the successful and dedicated learner with a potential final grade of A*.

What will it give me?

On successful completion of the full Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 there is the potential to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care or Counselling or explore other Higher Education opportunities, such as nursing, social work and operating department practitioner etc.

Materials needed

There are no formal resources that you will need. Access to the internet and a memory stick would be helpful to continue studies between home and college. Files, paper and stationary are required for course/class work.

There are books which could be useful to your studies and you will be told about these when you start, they are also available within our learning zone and are also available as E-books.

What can I do when I finish?

The course will enable you to potentially progress to higher education and training in a range of areas. Alternatively, if you do not wish to access higher education, it will give you a Level 3 qualification to work as a carer or support worker in health and social care settings.

What next?

If you would like to apply, please click the "Apply Now" section below and follow the steps. Thank you!

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