The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care is a vocational qualification designed for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in the health and social care sector. The qualification is recognised by employers and universities in the UK and provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for further study or employment in the field of health and social care.
This diploma covers a wide range of subjects related to health and social care, including human lifespan development, health and social care values, communication, interpersonal skills, promoting health and well-being, and understanding mental health. It also incldues practical units in which learners will develop their skills in a range of care settings, such as residential care homes, hospitals, and community care services.
The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care is suitable for learners who wish to progress to higher education in this field. It is also suitable for those who wish to develop their skills for personal interest or to improve their employment prospects in other fields.
This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A-Levels.
To achieve the qualification, learners must complete a series of mandatory and optional units, as well as assessments and practical activies. The qualification is assessed through a combination of coursework and external examinations conducted by the exam board Pearsons.
Topics covered can include:
You will need:Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and Science or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit or aboveAll applicants must have an interview and assessment to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
Assessment is continuous throughout the year through completing written assignments and projects as well as and performing practical work that is assessed internally within the college. There will also be some written examinations, assessed externally via Pearson, the BTEC awarding body.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Health and Social Care is a qualification that can provide a solid foundation for a career in the health and social care sector. Successful completion of this diploma can lead to a varity of job opportunities in the sector, depending on the learner's interests, skills and career aspirations.
Careers include: Healthcare assistant, support worker, care assistant, residential care officer, youth worker and social worker (assistant).
With further higher level (degree) study: Registered nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, clinical psychologist, social worker (qualified) and health promtion specialist.