Course: Health and Social Care (Health Studies) Level 3

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code



Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



The Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care has been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

This qualification covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care.

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 75 hours.

Examples of work placement settings:

  • Adult Residential Care Home
  • Nursing Home
  • Day Centre
  • Children’s Centre
  • Health Centre
  • Supported/Sheltered Accomodation
  • Domiciliary/Community Care
  • Respite Care
  • Residential Schools
  • Assessment Centre
  • Special Schools
  • Hospital
  • Specialised Voluntary Groups

Learners will usually be able to achieve the Certificate in one year.

This qualification does not provide a licence to practice, but may support progression into a wide range of job 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.

You will need 5 GCSE’s at 4/5 grade and above, including Maths and English.

Students will need to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS) Application, this is an active Criminal Record check to ensure suitability of working with Vulnerable People. This is completed after enrolments on the course and will be discussed further at interview.

Further information on the DBS can be obtained from the course team here.


Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Certificate supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles with the health and social care sector.

The qualification also supports progression to further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 or above.

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