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The qualification structure

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Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma (Adults) England, Wales and Northern Ireland

This Diploma is aimed at people already working in a health and social care setting who want to develop and demonstrate their skills in a senior role.


Total Credit Value of qualification:
Minimum 58 credits
28 credits must be completed from Group A Mandatory Units
2 credits minimum, 7 credits maximum must be completed from Group B Optional Units (Knowledge)
23 credits minimum must be completed from Group C Optional Units (Competence)
 

Group A Mandatory Units
28 credits

   
Unit number Unit title Credit level Credit value
SHC 31 Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 3
SHC 32 Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings  3
SHC 33 Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings  3
SHC 34 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 3
HSC 024 Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care 2 3
HSC 025 The role of the health and social care worker 2 2
HSC 036 Promote person centred approaches in health and social care 3 6
HSC 037 Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care 3 6
HSC 038 Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings 3 2
 

Group B Optional Knowledge Units
2 credits minimum, 7 credits maximum

   
Unit number Unit title Credit level Credit value
Advo 301  Purpose and principles of independent advocacy  3 4
CMH 301  Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion  3 3
CMH 302  Understand mental health problems  3 3
DEM 301 Understand the process and experience of dementia
(required for dementia pathway in England - see Specific Pathways section)
3
DEM 305

Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach (available in England only)

3 2
DEM 308 Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia (available in England only) 3 2
DEM 310 Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion (available in England only) 3 3
HSC 3021 Understand theories of relationships and social networks 4 3
HSC 3046 Introduction to personalisation in social care 3 3
IC01 The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control 2 3
IC02 Causes and spread of infection 2 2
IC03 Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management 2 2
LD 201 Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities (required for learning disabilities pathway in England - see Specific Pathways section) 2 4
LD 206 Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene (available in England only) 2 1
LD 305 Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities (available in England only) 3 3
LD 307 Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health 3 3
LD 310  Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions 3
LD 311K Principles of supporting young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood (available in England only) 3
LD 314K Principles of self-directed support 3
PDOP 3.1 Understand Physical disability 3
PDOP 3.3 Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals 3
SSMU 3.1 Awareness of sensory loss
(requirement for social care workers in Wales)
3
SSOP 3.1 Understand models of disability
 

Group C Optional Competence Units
23 credits minimum

   
Unit number Unit title Credit level Credit value
Advo 302 Providing independent advocacy support 3
Advo 303 Maintaining the independent advocacy relationship 3
Advo 304 Responding to the advocacy needs of different groups of people 3
DEM 302 Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia (available in England only) 3
DEM 304 Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks (dementia pathway – check information below) 3
DEM 312 Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia (dementia pathway – check information below) 3
DEM 313 Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia
(dementia pathway – check information below)
3
HSC 2003 Provide support to manage pain and discomfort 2
HSC 2019 Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure 2
 HSC 2024 Undertake agreed pressure area care 2
HSC 2028 Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care 2
HSC 3001 Contribute to raising awareness of health issues 3
HSC 3002 Provide support to continue recommended therapies 3
HSC 3003 Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life 3
HSC 3004 Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences 3
HSC 3007 Support the development of community partnerships
HSC 3008 Implement therapeutic group activities 3
HSC 3010 Support individuals to develop and run support groups 3
HSC 3013 Support individuals to access and use services and facilities 3
 HSC 3019 Support individuals in their relationships 3
 HSC 3020 Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review 3
HSC 3022 Support individuals to live at home 3
HSC 3023 Support individuals to manage their finances
HSC 3024 Support individuals to access and manage direct payments 3
HSC 3027 Support/enable individuals to access housing and accommodation services 3
HSC 3028 Support individuals to deal with personal relationship problems 3
HSC 3029 Support individuals with specific communication needs 3
HSC 3033 Support individuals during a period of change 3
HSC 3034 Support individuals to prepare for and settle into new home environments 3
HSC 3035 Support individuals who are bereaved 3
HSC 3038 Work in partnership with families to support individuals
HSC 3045 Promote positive behaviour 3
HSC 3047 Support use of medication in social care settings 3
HSC 3049 Prepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities 2
HSC 3055 Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions 4
HSC 3056 Support families in maintaining relationships in their wider social structures 4
HSC 3057 Work with families, carers and individuals during times of crisis 4
 HSC 3058 Enable individuals with behavioural difficulties to develop strategies to change their behaviour 3
HSC 3062 Interact with and support individuals using telecommunications 3
HSC 3065 Implement the positive behavioural support model 4
HSC 3066 Support positive risk taking for individuals 3
LD 206 C Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene (available in England only) 2
LD 302 Support person-centred thinking and planning
(learning disability pathway England only – see Specific Pathways section)
3
LD 303 Promote active support
(learning disability pathway England only – see Specific Pathways section)
3
LD 308 Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare 3
LD 311 C Support young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood 3
LD 312 Support parents with disabilities 3
LD 314 C Support individuals with self-directed support 3
PD OP 3.2

Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disabilities

3
PD OP 3.4 Support families who are affected by acquired brain injury 3
PD OP 3.5 Support families who have had a child with a disability 3
SS OP 3.2 Promote effective communication with individuals who have sensory loss 3
SS OP 3.3 Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities 3
SS OP 3.4 Support individuals in the use of assistive technology 3
SS OP 3.5 Support the assessment of individuals with sensory loss 3
SS OP 3.6 Support the promotion of awareness of sensory loss 3
SS OP 3.7 Support individuals to access education, training or employment 4
SS OP 3.8 Enable individuals to negotiate environments 3 5

Barred combinations

In each of the combinations listed below, you can only claim the credit for one of the units where the same knowledge occurs in a knowledge unit and its related competence unit:

  • Advo 302, Advo 303, Advo 304
  • DEM 308, DEM 312 (in England)
  • DEM 310, DEM 313 (in England)
  • LD 206, LD 206 C (in England)
  • LD 305, HSC 3066 (in England)
  • ASM 34, HSC 3047
  • HSC 3045, HSC 306

Specific Pathways

Please note that you must include the following units in these specified England only pathways:

  • Dementia pathway – Your Group B choices must include DEM 302. Your Group C choices must include at least one of these units - DEM 304, DEM 312, DEM 313.
  • Learning Disability pathway – Your Group B choices must include LD 201. Your Group C choices must include at least one of these units – LD 302, LD 303.

If you wish to choose either of these pathways or you want to select a group of optional units focussing on a particular area, for example, sensory loss or physical disability, then please contact VQAC before registering to ensure that we can fully meet your specific requirements.

Other optional units

This list only includes selected optional units from the Level 3 Health and Social Care standards. If you have particular unit requirements that are not listed above, please contact VQAC in the first instance to see if we are able to meet your needs.