NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care
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 nationally recognised NCFE CACHE 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.
- FREE access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years.
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.
Up to one year.
Approximately 734 hours.
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.
You must be aged 16 or over to enrol on this course, and you must have a relevant work placement. Due to the work placement, you need to be based in the United Kingdom.
You will be assessed through a series of written assessments and workplace-based evidence. You will also need to complete an external assessment.
- Understand equality, diversity, and rights in health and social care.
- Understand how to work in an inclusive way.
- Understand legislation and codes of practice in relation to inclusive practice in health and social care settings.
- Understand the role of the health and social care practitioner in relation to inclusive practice.
- Understand the key elements of development across the human lifespan.
- Understand theories of human growth and development.
- Understand significant life events within each stage of human development.
- Understand safeguarding.
- Understand how to safeguard individuals in relation to legislation, policies, and procedures.
- Understand factors that may contribute to an individual being vulnerable to harm or abuse.
- Know signs, symptoms, indicators, and behaviours that may cause concern.
- Understand the lines of reporting and responsibility in relation to the safeguarding, protection, and welfare of individuals.
- Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding individuals.
- Understand communication channels in health and social care settings.
- Understand how to support communication.
- Understand legislation, policies, procedures, and codes of practice relating to information management.
- Understand how to work in line with legislation, policies, procedures, and codes of practice relating to information management.
- Understand the types of biological organisms that cause disease.
- Understand the features of vector-borne disease.
- Understand transmission of disease.
- Understand methods of micro-organism control.
- Understand precautions to be taken to reduce the spread of infection in a health or social care setting.
- Be able to minimise the spread of infection.
- Understand how infectious diseases can be controlled and treated by medication.
- Understand the requirements of RIDDOR and COSHH in relation to infection prevention and control.
- Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to infection prevention and control.
- Understand psychology within health and social care.
- Understand the nature versus nurture debate.
- Understand psychological theories relating to health and social care.
- Understand psychological approaches in relation to a mental health condition.
- Understand sociological perspectives in relation to health and social care.
- Understand the social patterns and trends of health and illness in the population.
- Understand legislation, policies, and procedures in relation to health and social care.
- Understand the requirements of professional standards and codes of practice.
- Understand the functions of health and social care provision and factors which influence service delivery.
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of practitioners within health and social care.
- Understand professional development.
- Understand the role of reflective practice in professional development.
- Understand how the health and social care practitioner’s own values, beliefs, and experiences can influence the delivery of care.
- Understand how to identify learning needs and plan for professional development in health and social care.
- Be able to reflect upon and plan for own personal development.
Once enrolled, you have up to one year 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.
This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.
The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:
- Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
- Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
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.
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.
CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.
CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the leading industry specialists in providing qualifications that specialise in the care and education sector. This course has been developed by experts to ensure that all requirements and skills are covered.
CACHE Alumni membership
Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health, and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.
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.
Learners must be at least 16 years old to enrol on this course. You will also need to complete a minimum of 75 placement hours in a real work environment. If you are unsure of where you could complete your work placement, here are a list of appropriate settings:
- Adult residential care homes
- Nursing homes
- Day centres
- Children’s centres
- Health centres
- Supported/sheltered accommodation
- Domiciliary/community care
- Respite care
- Residential schools
- Assessment centres
- Special schools
- Specialised voluntary groups
You will have up to one year from enrolment to complete this course.
- Expert personal tutor support.
- Dedicated learner services.
- Assignment marking and feedback.
- FREE CV critique service and employability guide to help you impress future employers.
- FREE XO Student Discounts membership.
- FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for two years.
- *Study pack including notebook, pen, and highlighter.
*Not included with the online study option.
Yes, you will need to complete 75 placement hours in an appropriate work setting. Due to the work placement, you will also need to be based in the United Kingdom.
It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.
That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.