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Preparing to Work in Adult Health & Social Care Certificate Level 3

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
1 year
Level 3

This qualification develops the knowledge and skills needed when working in a senior role with adults in health and social care environments. It covers a wide range of areas including supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and health care procedures.

This programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the many and varied aspects of health and social care services and prepare you to work in adult health and social care. This qualification provides an ideal taster for those who may be new to the sector or new to the world of work. It is accessible to students of all ages who may want to understand more about working in health and social care in an unsupervised capacity. It aims to introduce some basic concepts of caring and preparation for employment in the sector.

The qualification covers the areas of communication, equality, diversity and inclusion, personal development, the role of the social care worker, handling information, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care and person-centred approaches.

It is a must-have for anyone taking the Adult Advanced Health and Social Care Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

4 or 5 GCSE subjects at grade 5 or above including English and/or Maths.

What will I study?

In this programme you will study:

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality and Diversity and the Right of Individuals in Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Older People
  • Working in Health Care
  • Safeguarding Adults in Social Care
  • Handling Information
  • Health & Safety

On completion of the programme of studies you will achieve a Certificate in Preparing to Work in Health & Social Care.

You will be able to retake GCSE English or Maths (working towards grade 4) within this programme of study.

Additional costs

There is an optional cost to purchase the course textbook.

Method of delivery

Your studies will be across three full days per week. These will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience practical sessions in our simulation care unit. Your studies will have a combination of 30% online learning and 70% face to face on site with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking simulated practical activities.

Our methods of delivery will include delivery to large groups of students online, accompanied by workshops, tutorials, some independent studies, problem solving and work-based learning.

How will I be assessed?

You are required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit, which is assessed by the tutor or assessor. On completion of each unit, you must declare that the work produced is your own. The assessor must countersign this. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • Assessor observation
  • Witness testimony
  • Worksheets
  • Assignments/projects/reports
  • Record of professional discussion
  • Record of oral and written questioning
  • Candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

On completion, you may progress into employment within the Health and Social Care sector. The qualification will confirm competence for roles such as:

  • Senior Care & Healthcare Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers
  • Senior Support Workers in supported living projects
  • Community-based Senior Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers
  • Personal Assistants
  • Emerging new types of workers & multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models

Alternatively, you could progress on to the Level 3 Certificate/Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (VRQ) or an apprenticeship.

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