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Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) Wales and Northern Ireland

Young girl at home with mother/social worker

Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date Start Date End date Fee
15th March 2014 15th May 2014 15th November 2015 £1840
15th June 2014 15th August 2014 15th February 2016 £1840
15th September 2014 15th November 2014 15th May 2016 £1840
15th December 2014 15th February 2014 15th August 2016 £1840

Size of qualification

This Level 3 Diploma qualification has a minimum credit value of 58.
The Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care (Children) qualification structure information page will show 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 pre-registration assessment questionnaire and a registration agreement form. These 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’

Many of the units in this qualification require observation of your performance; to accompany observations carried out by your appointed assessor, you will also need expert witness testimony to support your claims for competence. Your line manager or an experienced colleague must be prepared to be your expert witness. They will also need to sign your pre-registration assessment questionnaire and provide written evidence of their competence and qualifications to be an expert witness.

Supported distance learning

To achieve this Level 3 Diploma you will work through a series of 10 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

The majority of credit in this diploma (40 credits) is included in the mandatory units in Group A.
A further minimum of 18 credits must be achieved from optional units in Group B.
Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria.

Group A

Group A is made up of a group of 14 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 10 Group A units include both knowledge and competence units. They cover all the key aspects of working with children and young people including:

  • Understand child and young people’s development
  • Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • Assessment and planning with children and young people
  • Professional practice in children and young people’s social care

Optional Units

Group B

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

Learners choose a number of units with a minimum credit value of 18.

The qualification structure