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This diploma was replaced by the QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care (Adults/CYP).



The NVQ Level 3 is the equivalent of an A-level qualification, and is designed for those who already work in the care sector with a small amount of responsibility, sometimes working without supervision. The programme is recognised internationally and sets the standard for those working in health and social care. Upon successful completion of this diploma, delegates will be recognised as having the fundamental skills and occupational competence necessary to work with adults or children across all social care settings; the delegate can choose between the Adults pathway and the Children and Young People pathway, depending on their specialist area. The course meets recommendations by the CQC to improve the quality of care delivery and will foster greater team co-operation within all care settings. Candidates also receive a certificate upon completion.


This course is accredited by OFQUAL, is compliant with the Health and Social Care National Occupation Standards, and is approved by Skills for Care and Development.

Outline of Programme

To achieve a Level 3 qualification, delegates must gain at least 58 credits; at least 28 mandatory credits from Group A, between 2-7 optional credits from Group B, and at least 23 optional credits from Group C.

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 2: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 3: Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 4: Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • HSC 024: Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 025: The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker.
  • HSC 036: Promote Person Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 037: Promote and Implement Health and Safety in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 038: Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings.

Optional Units

The optional knowledge and skills competence units enable delegates to tailor the course to their own specific career development needs. Please feel free to request an information pack on the optional pathways available, or call a consultant now.

Who would benefit from this course?

Anyone who supports and assists individuals with their physical and emotional care would find this course useful.

How does assessment take place?

Our assessment process is designed so that delegates are prepared for the challenges their occupation will involve. Delegates are appointed a vocationally trained NVQ assessor who helps assemble the portfolio and guides them for the duration of the diploma. Email and telephone support is also provided throughout the NVQ Level 2 programme and the resources available will be provided as needed.

What are the entry requirements?

TutorCare is an equal opportunities provider and a potential participant only needs to have been employed in a vocational setting relevant to the occupational standards for Health and Social Care in order for them to be able to complete the qualification successfully.

How long will it take?

The course is completely flexible and we encourage students to learn and practice at their own pace. The awarding body do stipulate that the course is completed within 36 months, but most students will successful finish the programme in around 9!

How would I progress further?

Upon completing this programme, graduates can move on to QCF NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care if they are in an appropriate management position. They could also undertake a range of specialist short courses to build upon their chosen pathway.

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