Course: Health and Social Care Level 3 (Care Cadet or Health Trainee)

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code



Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


2 Years



Whether it’s your passion to work with children, teenagers, the elderly or vulnerable, we can help you develop the skills and knowledge to work in many different aspects of the care industry. Our courses cover a wide range of subjects to help you decide which area you want to specialise in and you will get the chance to attend placement and experience a real work environment.

You will have the opportunity to choose between two pathways: Care Cadet (Social Care) or Health Trainee (Health Care). This will be discussed with you at your interview.

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

You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support your learning. The minimum required number of placement hours you need to undertake is 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

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


You will need to have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 4/5 and above, including English and maths.

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.



The Level 3 carries enough UCAS points to access many degree courses and our students tend to move into adult nursing, mental health nursing and other health degrees as well as social work, sociology, youth work, psychology and even history honours degrees. You can also stay with us and complete the foundation degree in either FdA in Creative Arts for Health and Wellbeing, FdA Social Welfare, Advice and Guidance Practice or FdA Supporting Inclusive Learning and Practice with the University of Suffolk at East Coast College, or similar courses at other universities. We also top up the foundation degrees to full honours degrees eg in Applied Care Practice (Adult Support Needs; Children and Families or Mental Health pathways) and also offer a full BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

You can also progress on to an apprenticeship or go into employment.

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