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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Gain an in-depth understanding of working in health and social care with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care from home.

  • This qualification will provide you with an excellent foundation of health and social care knowledge.
  • This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care is ideal for students who have previously studied a level 2 health and social care qualification.
  • By studying this certificate, you will develop skills that will complement your existing role in the health and social care sector.
  • Achieve this qualification from the comfort your own home, at your own pace.

Course overview

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care course is ideal for students currently working in health and social care who would like to develop their knowledge or progress their career further.

During your studies, you’ll develop your knowledge of various key areas involved in working in health and social care. You’ll learn more about the signs that may indicate someone requires safeguarding, and the precautions that can be taken to reduce the spread of infection in a setting. You will also explore the psychological theories relating to health and social care, as well as the legislation, policies and procedures, codes of practice, and professional standards that need to be adhered to when working in health and social care.

After completing this qualification, you can either progress to further studies, or apply for a wide range of jobs in the health and social care sector such as healthcare assistants, care support workers, and community-based support workers.  

Course Duration

12 months.

Study Hours

734 hours.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care. You will also receive UCAS points relative to the grade you achieve.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 16 or over to enrol on this course, and you must have a relevant work placement.


You will be assessed through a series of written assessments and workplace-based evidence. You will also need to complete an external assessment.

Course content

QRN: 601/6109/7 

Extra info

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have 12 months to complete your studies. The course will take approximately 734 hours to complete. You will need to complete a minimum of 75 placement hours in a real work environment.  

Study method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work, it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or online, depending on the study method you choose. If you choose to study online, your login details will be emailed to you. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away. 


You will complete tutor-marked assignments for each of the nine units included on this course. Some of these units will require you to demonstrate your health and social care skills, which will be assessed through your demonstration of workplace evidence.

You will also need to complete an external assessment from home, which will be marked directly by NCFE. There are three assessment periods each year (January, May, and September), so we recommend that you plan with your tutor when you are going to submit your external assessment.

Course outcome

QRN: 601/6109/7 

Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care. 

You can also earn up to 84 UCAS points which can be used to help you get into university if that is the path you choose to take. 

Awarding body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015. 

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework), which ensures courses meet the highest level of quality when delivering industry recognised qualifications such as this. This course has been developed by experts and benchmarked to industry standards to ensure you gain the knowledge that is required to pursue your career. 

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice to professionals studying towards/with a CACHE qualification. 

What next?

On completion of this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care, you will be able to use your qualification to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. Following on from this course, you will be able to progress your studies with a higher-level course, or even attend university if you have the UCAS points! You can also apply for a wide range of roles in the health and social care sector, including: 

  • 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.


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