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Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Course level: 
Qualification type: 
Subject area: 
Health and Social Care
Awarding body: 
City & Guilds
1 year
Advanced Learning Loans Eligible: 

Course Content:

This course is specifically designed for learners wanting to work in Adult Social Care in England in the following roles:

  • Community Care / Support Officers
  • Community Care / Support Officers - office based
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Community Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Social Care Assistant
  • Social Work Assistants
  • Brokerage Worker
  • OT Assistant
  • Occupational Assessment Officer
  • Physiotherapy Assistant

Studying at Alton College:

The course is run over 36 weeks which includes 2 and a half hours underpinning in college, candidates are expected to complete at least 30 hours of professional practice, which will be your work role, as well as minimum of 10 hours per week private study with at least 22 assessing hours within the workplace. 

To achieve the level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England), learners must achieve a minimum of 70 credits in total.  From the mandatory units 36 credits, a minimum of 6 credits from optional group A and a minimum of 28 credits from optional group B. At least 55 credits must be achieved at level 4 or above.


An interview is required before you can enrol on this course.


The units in this qualification are assessed with the portfolio of evidence.

The portfolio of evidence will be assessed using a diverse range of methods.

Other legal considerations: Learners working within care services may be legally required to undergo DBS checks prior to taking up or continuing in employment. Centres and employers will need to liaise closely with one another to ensure that any requirements for the areas of work are fully met.


Progession into management in a Health & Social Care field

Entry Requirements:

Learners must be over 18 years of age. We, as a Centre, must also ensure learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully. An initial assessment of each learner should be made before the start of their programme to identify:

  • if the learner has any specific training or learning needs
  • support and guidance they may need when working towards their qualification
  • any units they have already completed, or credit they have accumulated which is relevant to the qualification and may be used as part of the RPL process
  • the appropriate type and level of qualification

Course Costs:

1,200 tuition fee

Registration fee

Extra costs:

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


This is a Skills Funding Agency course and you may be exempt from the tuition fee if under the age of 24 and have no formal qualifications, however you would be required to pay the examination fee at the time of enrolment. Tuition fees for overseas students may vary from those quoted.



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 on the general information page  


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