Level 3 Certificate Health & Social Care

Start date(s):
1 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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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.

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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.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*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.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

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
  • DACC
  • MIND
  • Innovations
  • Pathways
  • Hospice Care.

Other websites:



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.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

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.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into college to attend an informal interview, and discuss your suitability to the course.
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Entry Criteria

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.