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Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults)

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Health and Social Care
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City & Guilds
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What is the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) course?

This qualification is to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to the health and social care workforce and confirms competence for those working in the following areas:

  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings.
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments.
  • Healthcare assistants/support workers/key workers in acute health environments.
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services.
  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services.
  • Support workers in supported living projects
  • Community-based care assistants/support workers/key workers, including those working in specialist areas e.g. dementia, learning disabilities.
  • Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families.
  • Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.

There  are no formal entry requirements for this course but a good standard of English and maths is required.  However, the level 3 Diploma does carry an age restriction and is not approved for those who are under 16 years of age.

Course topics

These include units:

  • Promote communication
  • Engage in personal development
  • Promote equality and inclusion
  • Principles for implementing duty of care

Teaching and learning

The course is run over 30 weeks which includes 3 hours underpinning in college, candidates will be expected to complete about 15 hours of professional practice, which will include your work role, as well as minimum of 4 hours per week private study.  During the course you will study a number of units covering a range of Health and Social Care related subjects which will give you an understanding of the qualification.

To achieve the level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults), learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits in total.  From the mandatory units 28 credits, and a minimum of 30 credits from optional units.

Assessment details

It will be necessary for you to build up a portfolio regarding your work role which will be internally assessed at college and also by an external verifier.  You will also be observed in the workplace.


It is anticipated that learners will progress to level 5 qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in Health and Social Care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work.

Costs included

£1,000 tuition fee.

Registration and certification fee.

Extra costs

Candidates are expected to provide their own text books, writing materials, note paper and data sticks.


Please email  for more information.

Unless your tutor informs you otherwise, classes will not be held on college closure days. Details regarding these dates can be found in the Adult Student Handbook or on the general information page  

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