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NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

Ref:
601/8434/6
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Health and Social Care
Features:
Performance Points, UCAS, Nested Qualification

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
619
TQT
734

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that this qualification (subject to any future reviews by the DfE) has been approved for inclusion within the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Key Stage 5 performance tables.

The DfE have confirmed that the additional retake opportunity in place for the 2018/19 academic year for all Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications will continue to be offered while the moratorium for 16-18 performance tables is in place. This includes Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications which will be counted in 2020, 2021 and 2022 performance tables.

About this qualification:

The Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care has been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

This qualification has been designed and written by a team of subject matter experts, and we have involved employers and Higher Education Institutions in the review of the content.

The Technical Level 3 Certificate has been designed to meet the Department for Education’s criteria for the 16–19 Performance Tables, and has been approved as a ‘Tech Level’ qualification.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, Extended Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

UCAS Points

This qualification has the following UCAS Points - D - 36, C - 48, B - 60, A - 72, A* - 84.

What does it cover?

This qualification covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 or above who wish to progress on to Higher Education.

Experience in a real work environment:

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 75 hours.

Entry requirements of Higher Education Institutions may specify the need for more work experience.

What are some examples of suitable work placement settings for learners?

Placement is a crucial element of the learner's journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings which could support learners:

• Residential Care Home
• Nursing Home
• Day Centre
• Children's Centre
• Health Centre
• Supported/Sheltered
• Accommodation
• Domiciliary/Community care
• Respite Care
• Residential Schools
• Assessment Centre
• Special Schools
• Hospital
• Specialised Voluntary Groups

What are the entry requirements?

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

How long it takes to complete?

Learners will usually be able to achieve the Certificate in one year.

What qualifications can you progress to?

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress onto the Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Certificate supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector. The qualification also supports progression to further learning in related subject areas at Level 4 and above.

The Care Certificate

This qualification promotes high quality care and support and have been mapped to the standards within the Care Certificate. For more information about the Care Certificate, including free teaching and learning resources, please see the Skills for Health website.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about this and other qualifications on the Funding page.

Assessment Opportunities

Please note: the assessment opportunities for all the externally set and marked assessments for the Certificate are limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity (undertaking an alternative assessment).

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification does not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

• Care Support Workers in adult residential settings
• Healthcare Assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
• Care Support Workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
• Community-based Support Workers

More detail on the range of job roles and potential progression paths will be provided in the Learner Handbook.


Qualification Specification
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Purpose Statement
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Key Facts
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This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.

Employer Support Letters
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This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

CACHE Technical Qualifications - Performance Tables
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Department for Education Performance Tables - Quick Guide
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This guide has been created to support schools and centres with information on which qualifications have been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) and count towards Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 performance tables.

External Assessment Timetable
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Qualification Specification (doc)
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Qualification Specific Instructions for Delivery
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This document provides qualification specific instructions relating to the administration of external assessments for qualifications.

Placement Guidance Mentor and Tutor
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Placement Guidance Mentor and Tutor (doc)
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This MS Word document provides guidance for mentors and tutors to support learners on the practical placement.

Placement Handbook Learner
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Placement Handbook Learner (doc)
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This handbook supports learners to complete their practical placement.

Assessment Task
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This non-mandatory assessment task will help to contextualise learning.

HSC1 Example Titles
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Regulations for the Conduct of External Assessments
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This document provides guidance and instructions on the correct administration of the external assessment components.

Mapping to the Care Certificate
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Chief Examiner Report - Feb 2017 - HSC1
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the February 2017 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Jun 2017 - HSC1
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the June 2017 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - Jan 2018 - HSC1
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the January 2018 external assessment.

HSC1 Chief Examiner Report May 2018
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the May 2018 HSC1 external assessment.

Tutor Guidance
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Tutor Guidance (doc)
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Learner Handbook
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This handbook contains information of all the units and assessment tasks learners are required to complete to gain this qualification. It also contains information for Tutors and Assessors.

Learner Handbook (doc)
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External Assessment Cover Sheet
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This document should be completed and attached to the cover of the external assessment.

HSC1 - Instructions for Tutors
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These instructions should be used by centres to support the administration of the external assessment and details the conditions in which the external assessment must be taken.

Chief Examiner Report - Feb 2019 - HSC1
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the February 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - May 2019 - HSC1
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the May 2019 external assessment.

Chief Examiner Report - HSC1 - January 2020
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This document contains feedback from the Chief Examiner for the January 2020 external assessment.

External Assessment Past Paper - HSC1 - January 2020
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This past paper will help learners prepare for their external assessment.

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