Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

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If you are interested in a career in the health sector such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy etc, then this course could be for you. It will give you an A level equivalent qualification (equivalent to 3 A levels), vocational work experience and will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to progress to employment or (increasingly) into higher education.

Recent students have gone on to study at Coventry University (Occupational Therapy, Childhood and Youth Studies) Northampton University (Primary Teaching) and at Liverpool University (Early years and Psychology).

This is a Study Programme course which, if successful, leads to the 90 credit qualification over one year and progression to the full 180 credit qualification over 2 years.

Successful completion of the Diploma qualification will enable you to apply to university or to progress into health and social care employment. Larisa Hine joined Coventry College from Finham Park and finished her course with us in 2012. She progressed to a nursing degree course at Nottingham University where she has been awarded a First Class Honours Degree. With a choice of job offers and progression to her Masters degree Larisa is a great example of what can be achieved.

The course will provide you with the foundation skills needed to work with a range of different client groups within the Health and Social Care sector.

You will be provided with the opportunity to learn in the classroom, online and within health and social care placements.

You will learn and develop skills in the following key areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communications
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Life Stages
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

This course is assessed through written assignments and completion of placement hours.

For 16-18 year olds this course is a Study Programme which consists of:

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Tutorial
  • Maths*
  • English*

* If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade C or above in English and Maths you will study Maths and/ or English as an integral part of your college programme.

There is a pathway for those aged over 19+ which leads to just the Health & Social Care qualification.

If you are an adult student, you will need to pay for a DBS check before you start your placement.


4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above including Science, English & maths, or

Relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit Level with GCSE/Level 2 in English & maths. If you have a Pass grade you will complete an additional assessment to check course suitability.

This course is free for 16-18yrs; for 19-23yrs, course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 2 qualification.

For all other students fees apply:
Course fee £7395; Exam Fee TBC

Course Summary

Length of study:
Duration: 1 or 2 years


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

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