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About the course

Social care is about providing personal, practical and emotional support to help people live their lives to the best quality that they can. It's about supporting them to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social Care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed needs. This qualification provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including Care workers, Care Supervisors, Senior Care Workers or Supervising Care Workers, Senior Support Workers, Relief Team Leaders, Outreach Development Workers. Achievement of the level 3 Diploma can lead to promotion as Senior carer, or progression to university to become a midwife, General Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, paramedic, Social Worker.

Entry requirements

The Level 3 Diploma is delivered in the workplace and is credit based (58 credits). There is no need for candidates to attend College, however, there is an opportunity to do so. All candidates must be working in the Health & Social Care Sector in a support role, ideally as a senior carer or equivalent role.

You do not need to have completed the Level 2 Diploma, entry depends on your job description and your experience in the care industry. Support from your manager to carry out this qualification is essential. It doesn't matter about how old you are or your academic qualifications as you will develop new knowledge and skills, relevant to the job role.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Who is it suitable for?

This Diploma is suitable for those working in a supervisory role in a Health and/or social care setting. Working with Vulnerable adult service groups: older people, people with learning disabilities, sensory and physical impairment service users and those that require extra care support. People who use services are supported in a variety of settings including their own homes, residential care, day care, hospitals, doctor's surgery's, Prisons.

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Why study?

Achievement of the Diploma will be through a range of methods, such as direct observation, reflective accounts, witness statements, oral questioning and through collecting other evidence such as work products.

To complete this Diploma you need to have met all the assessment criteria standards for the mandatory and optional units totalling 46 credits.

Where will this course take me?

You may progress to further qualifications specific to your work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the social care sector.

These may include specialist level 4 or 5 Diplomas or management qualifications, work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

You can also apply to Access to Nursing.

Core modules

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England consists of 58 credits, 28 of which must be from the 9 mandatory units along with a choice of optional knowledge and competence units equalling overall 58 credits.

Optional modules

The remaining 30 credits of the Diploma will come from optional units relevant to your job role you carry out. Learners complete a skills scan to determine the Optional units relevant to their job role.

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma is assessed by a designated expert assessor who will carry out practical observations and visit you regularly at work. You will be required to produce a Diploma portfolio recording all tasks completed which will be assessed and feedback given. Other assessment methods include: Reflective accounts of work practice, Oral questioning, Witness testimonies.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need to provide stationery, folder, A4 lined paper, plastic sleeves and dividers. Memory stick if using the computer. Recommended reading: Yvonne Nolan Diploma Health & Social Care Level 3 book for knowledge & Understanding.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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