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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

Course Code

OSC1426

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.

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

Up to one year.

Study Hours

Approximately 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.

Assessment

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 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.  

Study method

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.

Assessment

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 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.

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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