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Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care at Leeds City College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is the equivalent to two A Levels. You will learn through taught classes and activities, individual study, work experience and possibly a residential visit.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with higher education to ensure it supports progression to higher study. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the health and social care sector, this qualification gives learners experience of the breadth and depth that will prepare them for further study in the sector. This includes the opportunity for learners to choose a health studies pathway with options reflecting the progression opportunities in health care.

Course content

A total of 13 units will be studied, 8 of which are mandatory.

  1. Human Lifespan Development
  2. Working in Health and Social Care
  3. Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  4. Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  5. Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  6. Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  7. Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  8. Promoting Public Health

Placement experience is also mandatory with at least 120 hours required.

Entry requirements

All candidates must be committed to working in the Health and Social Care sector, be caring, creative and energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.

Applicants will need 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths at minimum grade 4, or a Higher Diploma (which is equivalent to 7 GCSEs at grade 4-9), or NVQ2 or Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care to Merit grade with ideally English and/or Maths at minimum grade 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills).
We would also take into account prior experience and general suitability for working in this sector. All applicants must have a successful interview and a satisfactory reference. You should have a positive work experience report to start on Level 3.

To work with children (under 18) or vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). The college will arrange this for you but if your course is not fully funded (i.e. you are aged 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay. The estimated cost of the DBS check is £54. Full details regarding payment and documents required will be provided prior to enrolment.

Due to Statutory Guidelines, if you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children aged under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household. This will be discussed further with you at your interview.


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Future opportunities

This qualification is a two-year, full-time study programme. It is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector, and supports progression to: higher education, apprenticeships and work.

Advice on careers and further study will be given during the course. After successful completion of the course, students may programme to Higher Education to study subjects such as Social Policy, Psychology or Sociology. They may also progress onto vocational degrees such as nursing, social work, radiography, occupational therapy or youth and community work or seek relevant employment in care work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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