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Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)

Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date Start Date End date Fee
15th December 2018 15th February 2019 15th August 2020 £2400
15th March 2019 15th May 2019 15th November 2020  £2400
15th June 2019 15th August 2019 15th February 2021 £2400

Size of qualification

This Level 3 Diploma qualification has a minimum credit value of 61

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare qualification structure information page shows how these credits can be achieved through a combination of mandatory and optional credits.


To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a registration agreement form. This will prompt you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking a supported distance learning qualification and to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register’


Supported Distance Learning

To achieve this Level 3 Diploma you will work through a series of 12 assessment plans. Each assessment plan is structured with set activities to enable you to:
  • Gather evidence for the qualification
  • Receive guidance on how to present your evidence
  • Understand how to use the eportfolio system
You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources and other Open University courses to help you develop knowledge and understanding for the qualification. An important part of the resources is the study calendar which gives you a guideline to work through your qualification.  You will also receive support from the VQAC Learner Support Team and your allocated assessor.

How long will it take?

When you register, you will see that your qualification has a stated end date. You can complete your qualification sooner than the end date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace.

If you do not complete your registered qualification by the stated end date you may be able to apply for an extension which will incur additional fees.


Qualification content and how it is assessed

Of the total of 61 credits in this diploma, 53 credits are achieved from the mandatory units.
A further minimum of 8 credits must be achieved by taking three optional units

Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria.

Mandatory units

The mandatory part of the diploma is made up of a group of 16 units, some are knowledge units; others are competence units.

The mandatory units cover the following topics:

  • Core knowledge - the learner will complete workbooks demonstrating their understanding of children and young people's development, safeguarding and how to support children who have been harmed or abused
  • Core skills - the learner will demonstrate through being observed, questioning and the completion of assigned tasks, their communication skills, assessment and planning with children and young people including risk management and supporting group living
  • Achieving outcomes - the learner will demonstrate through being observed, professional discussion and the completion of assigned tasks how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in relation to well-being, health learning and behaviour
  • Professional practice - the learner will demonstrate through being observed and the completion of workbooks how they work in teams, engage with professional development and support the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people

Optional units

The remaining seven optional units include both knowledge and competence units. From these the learner has to choose three units with a minimum credit value of 8 appropriate to their job role which could involve: 

  • The care system
  • The youth justice system
  • Working with children and young people with complex disabilities
  • Working with families of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Supporting the use of medication in social care settings

Additional requirements

  • A learner must be working with a minimum of two service users to complete the qualification
  • A learner will need an expert witness who is occupationally competent to give verbal and written testimony of the learners competence across specified units in the qualification

The qualification structure


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