Level 3 Diploma - Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

Group Award Code/QCF Code:

GC6P 57 (600/1280/8)
GE31 57 (600/3522/5)

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) at level 3 will encourage candidates to develop and apply the knowledge skills and understanding needed to progress in their employment, training or further/higher education. It will provide candidates with an understanding and knowledge about the care sector as well as the attributes related to the sector. The level 3 Diploma will encourage candidates to apply additional and specialist knowledge and skills to complement and broaden, deepen and /or extend relevant learning.

The Diploma has flexible delivery methods to encourage candidates to learn through experience by applying knowledge and skills to tasks, including those that have the characteristics of real work. The learning will be supported by work experience.

Who does this qualification suit

The qualification will develop a candidate’s skills and knowledge in health and social care and is suitable for individuals who are employed or have had experience of working in the care services in a variety of settings.

The qualification can be taken as part of an advanced apprenticeship in Health and Social Care or alternatively it can be taken as a standalone qualification. Candidates may wish to consider taking this qualification outside of the Apprenticeship framework:

  • If they are currently in employment within the sector and wish to confirm their occupational competence and knowledge through gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • To maximise their employment opportunities within this sector, as not all employees currently offer Apprenticeship places for these particular job roles
  • They meet the entry requirements to take the qualification but not those required for the apprenticeship route.

Access

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.  Candidates will need to be at least 16 years of age to undertake this qualification.  They may also find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification.

Progression

Candidates who complete the qualification may be able to progress to a range of jobs in this sector, for example:

  • Care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings
  •  Healthcare assistants / support workers in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare assistants / support 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 & multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models

Candidates in England can progress from the Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) England at level 3 to the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services England at level 5. The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role, level of responsibility and area of practice i.e adults and /or children and young people in a variety of care settings.

Candidates may also progress to an advanced apprenticeship such as the Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.

Candidates in Wales and Northern Ireland can progress from the Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) level 3 to:

  • Level 5 Diploma Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adult’s Advanced Practice) Wales and Northern Ireland — GE41 85 (600/3819/6)
  • Level 5 Diploma Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adult’s Management) Wales and Northern Ireland — GE42 85 (600/3817/2)
  • Level 5 Diploma Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adult’s Residential Management) Wales and Northern Ireland — GE43 85 (600/3818/4)

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Structure

Candidates must complete 58 credits drawn from mandatory Units and optional Units. On completion, the candidate will have achieved a minimum of 315 guided learning hours.

The qualification is based on National Occupational Standards.  Candidates will be required to undertake nine mandatory Units covering:

  • Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings 
  • Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's Settings
  • Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children's and Young People's
  • Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
  • Promote and Implement Health and Safety in Health and Social Care
  • The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker
  • Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings 
  • Promote Person Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care

They will then choose from a wide range of optional units which will provide them with the flexibility to choose those areas relevant to their particular setting.

Unit Assessment Specifications/Assessment Guidance

Unit and Assessment Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Learner Guidance and Portfolio