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Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care Pathway (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 65

The Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care pathway (England) 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 modules. Each module 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. 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 65 credits in this diploma, 27 credits are achieved from the mandatory units in Group A.
Pathway units: 13 credits must be achieved by taking the 3 units in the Group D Social Care pathway.
A further minimum of 25 credits must be achieved from optional units in Group F
Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria, for more information on the requirements...

Mandatory units

Group A

Group A is made up of a group of 11 units some are knowledge units, others are competence units.

The four Shared Core mandatory units cover the following topics:

  • Personal Development
  • Communication
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Duty of Care

The remaining seven Group A units include both knowledge and competence units. They cover all the key aspects of working with children and young people including: 

  • Understanding and promoting child and young people’s development
  • Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • Developing positive relationships with children young people and those involved in their care
  • Understanding how to support positive outcomes for children and young people

Group D

The Group D pathway focuses on three specific units relating to key aspects of children and young people’s social care:

  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Promote the well being and resilience of children and young people 
  • Professional practice in children and young people’s social care

Group F

This group is again made up of knowledge and competence units that offer the learner the opportunity to undertake units appropriate to their role.

Learners choose a number of units with a minimum credit value of 25.

The qualification structure

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