Health and Care Courses
Start Date
Full Time
Start Date
Full Time

This 2-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and gives you the skills you need to work in a care setting or go on to a degree programme in health and social care. You will learn about effective communication, equality, diversity and rights, and development through the life stages. The course is demanding with a strong theoretical base.

  • About the Course

    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 has been designed and written by a team of subject experts, and employers and Higher Education Institutions have been involved in the review of the content.

    You will study:

    • Developing effective communication in health and social care
    • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
    • Health, safety and security in health and social care
    • Development through life stages
    • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology for health and social care
    • Personal and professional development in health and social care
    • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
    • Psychological perspectives for health and social care
    • Values and planning.

    This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

  • Entry Requirements

    4 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C / grade 9-4 or above including English language, or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional Skills in English and maths at Level 2 and a good reference. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    All students must undertake work experience in a care/childcare setting as part of this course. Work placement settings require students to obtain a DBS to demonstrate that they are suitable to work with vulnerable people and/or children.

  • Progression

    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 within the health and social care sector. The qualification also supports progression to further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.

    This qualification does not provide a licence to practise, 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

  • Assessment Method

    You will be given written assignments for each unit as well as work placement reports.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

Start Date 01/09/2021

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma


Sharon Acquaye
CQTM Health and Social Care

Sharon has been a registered nurse since 1989 and is responsible for ensuring the courses and apprenticeships in Health and Social Care meet employer needs.

Sharon Acquaye
West Thames College

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* Based on overall performance for students aged 16-18 across all levels in 2018-19

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