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Year 1 NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care To provide learners with an in-depth knowledge of core subject areas in health and social care to support progression into Higher Education, the workplace or further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.
Year 2 NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care To provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to the health and social care sector, and to support progression into Higher Education or the workplace.

Course details

Year 1

  • Induction — Chester University Values requirement for end of year 1
  • WMC Care Certificate
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care
  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Minimum 75 hours in placement
  • English and maths skills study support
  • First Aid Qualification
  • Food Hygiene Qualification
  • Basic BSL Level 1
  • Skills lab lesson at Chester University
  • Progression — Chester University Character/Values Assessment
  • Chester University Interview Prep.

Year 2

  • UCAS application support
  • Guaranteed face to face interview with Chester University prior to the UCAS selection process.
  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Minimum 100 hours in placement (Total = 175 in 2 years)
  • English and maths skills study support
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food Allergens Qualification
  • University style lectures and tasks all based at the university — Birkenhead Campus
  • Academic study skills — Chester University

Additional course requirements:

  • DBS
  • Inoculations
  • Placement Uniform
  • Appropriate referencing in academic work
Entry guidelines
  • Grade C/4 in GCSE English and maths plus 4 GCSE's grade C/4 or above.
  • DBS clearance
  • Successful college interview and NHS induction
Equipment Required

Placement Uniform

Assessment Method

Year 1

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 75 hours. Assessment Portfolio of evidence; one external assessment (HSC1).

Year 2

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 175 hours (100 hours if learners have already successfully completed the Certificate).

In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, learners must achieve the internally assessed unit assessments for:

  • 14 mandatory units
  • three units from Optional Group 1
  • one unit from Optional Group 2

Learners must also achieve the:

  • Certificate External Assessment (HSC1)
  • Extended Diploma External Assessment (HSED2)
  • Short Answer Examination (SAE) (Unit HSC DM 3.1)
Additional Information

Additional course requirements:

  1. Inoculations
  2. NHS induction
Where can I progress to?

Chester University Degree programme— end of year 2 subject to meeting all criteria stated.

Year 1:
Progression routes - Certificate
Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Certificate supports your access to Higher Education*, progression to further learning at Level 4 and above, and a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector such as:

  • 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.

Year 2
Chester University Nursing BN (Hons) UCAS code B740
Progression routes - Extended Diploma
Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be able to access Higher Education* and progress into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector such as:

  • 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.

* Higher Education Institutions may have their own entry requirements.
Completion of this qualification will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to progress to Higher Education in a related field of study

When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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