16-18 Year Olds


If you have dreamed of a career within healthcare, the CACHE Level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care/Health and consequently act as a robust introduction to both sectors.

You will benefit from studying a number of mandatory units as well as a wide range of optional units. You will also undertake a 175-hour placement which will help you gain invaluable experience in your chosen career.

This qualification will provide you with an insight into the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the health and social care profession.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 -9, which must include a grade 4 in English Language or maths, as well as being highly motivated with a passion for caring for people.

You are also required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) to allow you to access the work placement.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview to discuss the course and its requirements further.


During this course you will study 14 mandatory units and a number of optional this units. As well as classroom delivery, you will also undertake placement in a real work environment with a minimum requirement of 175 hours over 2 years.

Mandatory units include:

• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
• Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
• Development Through the Life Stages
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
• Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
• Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
• Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Car
• Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
• Safeguarding in health and social care

Alongside your main programme of study, you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skill in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

You will also have the opportunity to visit universities to experience student life, as well as visits to a variety of care environments. In addition to this you will also take part in fundraising and charity events within the local area and will benefit from a range of guest speakers from different sectors of the health and social care industry.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including project and assignment work, presentations, observations and a portfolio of evidence; as well as two externally set and externally marked synoptic assessments. These assessments will require a substantial amount of research and work.

Each unit is graded A* – D

You will not be assessed in the workplace. However, it is a compulsory element of the course and supports your learning by providing opportunities for you to apply knowledge to practice, receive feedback, and reflect on your own experience. Placement also provides opportunities for you to observe professional practice in action and gain valuable employability skills.

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On successful completion of this course, you can progress onto a range of Higher Education programmes (please check for qualification entry grades). It will also support progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector such as:

• Care Support Workers in Adult Residential Settings
• Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
• Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services
• Community-Based Support Workers.

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410062.

Duration and Times

Start date: 01/09/2021

End date: 24/06/2022

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 35

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