Health & Social Care

CACHE Diploma in Health and Social Care - J198

12 Quays Full Time Level 3 Duration 36 weeks

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This qualification has been designed for students who want to work in health and social care. The high level of skills required to achieve this qualification also enables students to progress to Higher Education (UCAS tariff points available)

There is also the option to step off at Certificate and gain employment in a supervised health and social care.

Course Details

The course is rewarding, challenging and intensive and requires a great deal of commitment and motivation.

You will need to be able to research and work independently both in college and for a substantial amount of time at home.

Work placement experience is an integral part of the course, which offers UCAS points to enable you to progress into Higher Education.

Units covered in this qualification include, Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care, Human Growth and Development; Safeguarding, Communication, Infection Prevention and Control, Psychological Perspectives, Sociological Perspectives and Working in Health and Social Care.

Work placement is a requirement for this qualification.

Entry Guidelines
  • This is a study programme for students 16-18 years.
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification plus Maths and English Language at grade 9-4/A*-C or four GCSEs at grade 9-4/A*-C. This must include a grade 9-4/A*-C in Maths, Science and English Language.
  • Collect all of the information required for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and bring to interview.
  • Satisfactory interview, assessment and school report.
  • Two positive references including a reference from a work experience placement.
Equipment Required

To learn effectively on your course you will need to use certain items of equipment and undertake particular activities as part of your studies. To further enhance your learning experience the following will be required: Uniform £30 Disclosure and Barring Service Check Certificate £44 If you need support with these costs, don't worry, click on the link below and complete a bursary application form. https://www.wmc.ac.uk/student-support/financial-support/bursaries-loans Equipment purchased will be yours to keep and you will be able to use them for practice at home and in your future career. N.B. prices correct as of 23/06/2021

Assessment Method

In order to achieve the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care you must complete 9 mandatory units and an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set, externally marked).

Additional Information

You will need to show that you are motivated, committed and have excellent punctuality and attendance.

Work placement to develop vocational competency is arranged in suitable placements .

Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (or grade 4 or above)
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips
Where can I progress to?

When you have successfully completed your course you may be able to progress to a second year to complete the full Extended Diploma, with a view to gaining UCAS tariff points in order to access Higher Education. This will be discussed with your course tutor in your progress reviews.

You will have to achieve a good grade at Certificate level and also have to prove that you have had high levels of motivation, commitment, attendance and punctuality during your certificate level 3 course.

If you do progress to the Extended Diploma, this will give you an excellent progression opportunity to enter Higher Education with enough UCAS points to apply for a nursing degree if this is your goal. See below for points available on completion of Diploma.

Grade UCAS points (new tariff points 2017)
A* 168
A 144
B 120
C 96
D 72

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If you are aged 16-18:


This study programme is free for students, who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, and students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

If you are aged 19 or over:

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £2882.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 23/24.

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