Level 3 Certificate Health & Social Care
- Start date(s):
- 1 Sep 2020
- 1 year
- Level 3
- Course Code:
- Study Mode:
- Full Time
- Attendance Type:
- Attendance Pattern:
- Awarded by:
- Framwellgate Moor Campus
- Course costs:
- 16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2882, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)
This course will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in key areas of health and social care such as sociological and psychological perspectives and human growth and development.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to prepare you for working in this expanding industry. Being able to apply your knowledge to a real working environment will help to develop your employability skills and confidence.
This programme is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme.
This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for a career within the health and social care industry and give a real insight in to the health and social care sector.
Health and Social Care helps students develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding essential for working with people in care.
Our HE and FE Health and Social Care students visited the RVI hospital in Newcastle.
Our Health and Social Care students attended The Skills Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham.
Health & Social Care students raised £281.26 for The National Autistic Society.
Health & social care students learn more about their nursing programme and application process.
This course aims to provide learners with the essential knowledge and skills required for progression to higher education or employment within the health and social care industry.
You will study the following mandatory units:
- Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
- Human Growth and Development
- Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
- Communication in Health and Social Care
- Infection Prevention and Control in Health and Social Care
- Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
- Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
- Working in Health and Social Care.
Average number of hours per week
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
You will be assessed using the following methods:
- Synoptic external extended assessment
- Written assessment
- Short answer questions
- Role play
- Practical demonstration of skills
- Multi-choice test.
The synoptic assessment aims to encourage learners to combine elements of their learning and demonstrate their accumulated knowledge.
Maths and English
If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
We have strong links with a variety of leading employers within this sector. We are fortunate to be able to access this knowledge and experience and not only welcome them into our environment but provide our students with opportunities to visit their places of work.
Our employer links include:
- Day Care Centres
- Private Residential / Nursing Care
- Gainford Homes
- Four Seasons Health Care
- Barchester Health Care
- Hospice Care.
To provide learners with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the health and social care industry, you will organise a work placement in a real work environment. This will support your learning and is required to be a minimum of 75 hours.
You could progress to a Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related subject area at New College Durham, which would then enable you to progress to a relevant foundation degree or an honours degree at New College Durham or university. Alternatively you could prepare for a rewarding career in health and social care in a wide variety of roles such as youth and community worker, care assistant, support worker or social work assistant.
Progress onto further study
This programme will give you the knowledge and skills to explore diverse health and social care issues.
Meet our students
Laura now works as a Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Marriott Hotel in Durham.
An ex-Health and Social Care student, Chelsea Huntington, is eternally greatful for the help of her tutor who helped her find a job at Comfort Call as a Coordinator.
Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.
Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.
View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.
All students will be required to purchase a tunic to wear during all practical and work based activities. This tunic can be purchased directly from our supplier at a cost of approximately £20 (plus P&P).
You will also have an option to purchase further, non-compulsory, items of uniform such as t-shirts (approx. £10), polo-shirts (approx. £10) and hoodies (approx. £17.50) - again all items can be purchased directly from our supplier and posted directly.
All students will be asked to contribute £30 to support study costs, such as programme specific revision and unit guides and any trips and visits.
You will be invited into college to attend an informal interview, and discuss your suitability to the course.
Find out more information about your college interview.
You will hold a minimum of five GCSE's, including English or maths, at grade C/4.
You will also provide two references and a valid DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.