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QCF Health & Social Care Level 3 Overview:

This qualification is recommended if you're a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision and you want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker. Our QCF level 3 is the equivalent of an A-level qualification and will equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for adults or children across a range of health or social care settings.

Qualification Structure:

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma for Health and Social Care for Adults, learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits. They must achieve 28 credits from the mandatory components and a minimum of 30 credits from the optional components.

To see the qualification structure for diplomas in Level 3 Child Care, please click on the pathway you require below.

Pathways Available:

Level 3 in Adult Care
Level 3 Early Years Educator
Level 3 CYP Learning Development & Support Services
Level 3 CYP Social Care
Level 3 Residential Childcare

Mandatory Units:

D/615/7919 Promote Communication in Care Settings
J/615/9079 Promote Effective Handling of Information in Care Settings
R/615/7917 Promote Personal Development in Care Settings
T/615/7957 Promote Person-Centred Approaches in Care Settings
Y/615/7921 Promote Equality and Inclusion in Care Settings
Y/615/7918 Promote Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
A/615/7748 Responsibilities of a Care Worker
R/615/7920 Duty of Care in Care Settings
F/615/7718 Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings

For the optional components, please download our full specification here.

Entry Requirements

Delegates will only need to have been employed in a vocational care setting (Healthcare assistant, support workers, care workers, personal assistants etc.) for them to be able to complete level 3 successfully.

How does the assessment take place and for how long?

Delegates will complete their QCFs via e-portfolio and will be appointed a vocationally trained QCF assessor who will help them for the duration of the diploma. Support and resources are also provided throughout. Students can learn at their own pace in their own time. However, most students will successfully finish the programme in around 9 months.

How would I progress further?

Once completing, you can move onto the QCF Health & Social Care Level 4 Diploma or you can undertake a range of specialist care courses. These are all available at Universal Care Courses.

What careers can this lead to?

QCF level 3 can help you succeed in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as:
• residential care
• community and primary care
• acute health environments (eg hospitals)
• domiciliary/homecare services
• supported living projects
• community-based care
• private care for a person or family.


This course can be accredited by FutureQuals or City & Guilds and will help your organisation to meet the conditions and standards required by the CQC. If you would require your qualification to be accredited by City & Guilds, please specify this at the time of booking.

What are the prices of these courses?

The price will vary depending on which Health & Social Care QCF you will be needing. To get your quotation, please call us on 0129 360 2391 and one of our care experts will be happy to help. Monthly payment plans and bulk discounts are also available.

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  • City & Guilds Accredited

    All our QCF care diplomas are accredited by City & Guilds to ensure that you’re receiving training of the highest standard.


  • E-Portfolio Based Learning

    Delegates are appointed a vocationally trained NVQ assessor who will help them to assemble their portfolio and guide them for the duration of the diploma. Resources are also available throughout.

  • Payment Plans Available From £49/month

    We do offer monthly payment plans, and bulk discounts are also available for care homes looking to enrol multiple students.

  • Specialised Care QCFs

    We specialise in QCF’s and offer a wide range to accommodate all care roles and settings. Whether you’re an experienced manager or new care assistant, we have a cost-effective solution for you.

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