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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

Ref:
603/2414/4
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Health
Registration and Certification Fee
£129.00

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
378
TQT
650
Credit Value
65

What does this qualification cover?

Healthcare support staff can work in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities. The role of the support staff is to provide assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients. The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a range of healthcare support settings.

The qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies whilst the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

The content of the qualification also aligns with the knowledge and skills required for the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard. The content is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included below:
• adult nursing support
• maternity support
• theatre support
• mental health support
• children and young people’s support
• allied health profession (therapy support).

Who is it suitable for?

Learners or apprentices who wish to work or are working in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges and training providers may have their own guidelines.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How many credits are required to complete it?

Learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits to gain this qualification. Learners must achieve 45 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 20 credits from the optional units. At least 37 of the credits must be achieved at level 3 or above.

How is it assessed?

All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence.

Please note, mandatory assessment for the unit ‘Study Skills for Senior Healthcare Support Workers’ (DHS 15) must provide evidence of a piece of extended writing or a project.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Learners can usually complete the qualification within 18-24 months if taken as standalone or as part of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Qualifications in specialist health pathways or to related health apprenticeships.

Career opportunities

The content of the qualification links with the knowledge and skills required for the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard.

The qualification content is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included below:
• Senior Healthcare Support Worker
• Senior Healthcare Assistant
• Maternity Support Worker
• Theatre Support Worker
• Mental Health Support Worker
• Children and Young People Support Worker
• Therapy Support Worker
• Rehabilitation Assistant
•Enablement Worker

Units can also be a basis for continuing professional development in the learner’s chosen field.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.


Qualification Specification
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This qualification specification contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment.

Learner Overview
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This document contains all the information learners need to know if they’re considering taking an Advanced Learner Loan to complete this qualification.

Qualification Factsheet
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The Key Facts document details all of the important information you need to know about this qualification.

Skills for Health Guidance
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Mapping to Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard
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This document shows the mapping of the mandatory units from the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support qualification to the Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard (where applicable).

Care Certificate Mapping
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This document sets out how the Care Certificate maps across to other resources that are used within the health and social care sectors.

Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles
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Skills for Health Assessment Principles
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Qualification Specification (doc)
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.  

HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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2021-22 AT 60326189 V3.0
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