QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care

The QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care has replaced the NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

This internationally recognised QCF is the equivalent of an A-level qualification and is the UK industry standard for those working in this sector.

The course is designed for those who hold some responsibility in their workplace, and who sometimes works without supervision.

Upon completion of the training, delegates will have the essential skills and competency necessary to work with adults or children across all social care settings, including;

  • primary care services
  • domiciliary care
  • residential care homes
  • day services
  • assisting supported living.

Delegates will be taught essential health and social care understanding, and will then get the opportunity to tailor the course to suit them, choosing between the Adult pathway and the Children and Young People pathway.

The course can be completed via e-portfolio, giving the student greater flexibility and the ability to learn at a pace that suits them.

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QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care Summary

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 2: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 3: Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • Unit 4: Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or CYP Settings.
  • HSC 024: Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 025: The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker.
  • HSC 036: Promote Person Centred Approaches in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 037: Promote and Implement Health and Safety in Health and Social Care.
  • HSC 038: Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health and Social Care Settings.

Optional Units

The optional knowledge and competence units cover a variety of areas in health and social care (eg. health and social care for young people), enabling delegates to tailor the course to their own specific career development needs. Please feel free to contact us to further request an information pack on the optional pathways available.

Further Information


The diploma is fully compliant with the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards approved by Skills for Care and Development. This course is accredited by OFQUAL and will help your organisation to meet the conditions and standards required by the Care Quality Commission.

How does assessment take place?

The course assessment includes an evaluation of work-based performance, presentation of evidence, witness statements and peer testimony, and question and answer sessions. Delegates will need to put together a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that they can achieve the course objectives to the required standard.

To assist in this, course delegates are appointed an accredited QCF assessor who helps assemble their portfolio and guide them throughout the assessment. Email and telephone support is also on hand and course resources are provided when required.

What are the entry requirements?

Caring For Care is an equal opportunities provider and a potential participant only needs to have been employed in a vocational setting relevant to the occupational standards for Health and Social Care in order for them to be able to complete the qualification successfully.

How long will it take?

The course is completely flexible and we encourage students to learn at their own pace. The awarding body do stipulate that the course is completed within 36 months, but most students will successfully finish the programme in around 9!

How would I progress further?

Upon completing this programme, graduates can move on to the QCF Level 4 or possibly the QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care if they are in an appropriate management position. Alternatively we offer a huge range of specialist care courses to enhance their chosen pathway.


If you have any questions about our QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care contact us here.


This course takes approximately 36 months to complete on average


Delegate will be issued with a life-long qualification

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