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Diploma in Health and Social Care (Levels 2&3)


Course Description

A nationally and internationally recognised and flexible qualification the enable students to gain the practical skills needed to be an effective care worker.

Course Duration
2 years

No entry requirements needed but need to have completed level 1 (basic level) first you must be working in a Health or Social Care setting and have at least 6 months practical experience as a Care Assistant/ Health Care Assistant. A partnership agreement will be needed to be signed by your workplace manager.

Who should take this course?

For students seeking careers in the Health and Social Care Industries at local, national and international levels. Students may progress to careers in social work, residential and day care, nursing and other careers in health and social care.

This course can lead to employment in:

  • Residential Care Homes
  • Community Support Workers
  • Housing and Supported Accommodation
  • Hospitals and Primary Care Trust
  • Day Service for those with physical disabilities, mental illness and learning disabilities
How will I be assessed

Throughout the course, your program will consist of work support and distance learning support in your workplace.

As assessor will be appointed to assess you in your workplace.

You will need to present a portfolio of your evidence for verification


Care Practice will be assessed by fully approved and qualified Workplace Assessors. This assessment will be carried out during Phase 2 and occur within the placement workplace. Students will be expected to build up a Portfolio of Evidence which requires writing reports about their practice, answering written and oral questions and other written material. Records of Directly Observed Practice will be supplied by the Workplace Assessor for inclusion in the Students Portfolio.

Final Assessment and presentation for the NVQ Care Level 2 / 3 Award will depend upon successful completion of the Portfolio to the standard accepted by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority covering the required components.