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Health and Social Care - Diplomas

The qualifications, which have been developed by Skills for Health and Skills for Care, are wide ranging diplomas with built-in flexibility to suit all fields of health and social care. They are the main qualifications required by the Quality Care Commission in England and the Care Councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The qualification is made up of mandatory and optional units. There are some variations in the qualification structure depending on the country you are working in. Please see our information page about the qualification structure for further information.

All of the diplomas share some core units with further mandatory and optional units.

VQAC will also offer three pathway options for the HSC Adults Diploma;  Generic, Dementia and Learning Disabilities.

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

The qualification is suitable for people working in the following roles:

  • Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in a residential setting
  • Senior healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments
  • Senior healthcare assistants/support  workers in acute health environments
  • Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services
  • Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services
  • Senior support workers in supported living projects
  • Community-based senior care assistants/support workers/key workers including those working in specialist areas e.g. dementia, learning disabilities
  • Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families
  • Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models