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Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) Level 3 at York Learning - City of York Council

Course description

What is Health and Social Care?

Care is about working with sick and disabled people, including the elderly, in a variety of residential settings. Each day, the caring and supporting skills of those involved, lead to improvements in these people’s lives. The work is extremely rewarding and is open to people of all ages. Whether you are new to Care or are already established within the industry, by learning you can improve your ability and learn how to ensure the best care is delivered by you.

Learning doesn’t only give you the basics for doing the job but also prepares you to meet new challenges when they arise. York Training Centre offers a variety of employment opportunities to support your NVQ Keyskills Qualifications and Technical Certificate. Through this learning you will achieve nationally recognised qualifications which will help you move towards more responsibility and grow to achieve more senior posts in the industry over time.

Entry requirements

This is more of a supervisory position at Level 3, with more responsibility. You do not need any previous experience to start training and for those with experience there are opportunities to start at a higher level qualification.

Can I do this area of work?

No-one starts out with all the skills required but they do start with the right attitude. If you answer “yes” to all, or most, of the following questions then Care could well be suited to you: Am I:

  • a good timekeeper?
  • friendly?
  • willing to be flexible?
  • willing to work unsociable hours?
  • honest and reliable? willing to be flexible?
  • committed to work, clients and colleagues?
  • committed to personal development and learning?


A Trainer/Assessor will visit you at work to help you, and to ensure you are supported throughout your programme. This includes initial visits to make sure you fully understand the Diploma qualification you are working towards, what to do, and how your work will be assessed against nationally recognised standards.

Future opportunities

The course offers you a specialist work-based qualification to support a career in the care sectors. With further training, you could continue to develop your career in the care sectors by working as a Social Worker, Health Visitor or Care Worker, which could be with children, the elderly or people with special needs. The course is work based which means that you can earn and learn at the same time whilst developing the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers in all areas of care looking for. We are all living for longer which means there are more people who need the support and care of trained staff. A career in Care means you will be working in a growing industry with an increasing number of employment opportunities. York Training Centre works in partnership with employers across the York and North Yorkshire area. We match your skills and interests with employer requirements and providing you both agree, your training and employment or work placement can begin together. If you are already employed then a learning assessment can be arranged and you can join an appropriate programme.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, log on to, or ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York Learning - City of York Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 12 to 18 months

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