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CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF

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During the health and social care level 3 course, learners will discover how to effectively provide assistance and support for people of all ages within a health and social care setting.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care
Qualification Number: 601/6108/5

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Level 3 / NCFE CACHE Certificate / PI218

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Our CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF is perfect for anyone wishing to explore a career in the care sector, as it is designed to broaden awareness on how to work with people of all age groups and care needs.

In fact, this online learning course can help pave the way to a rewarding career working in residential care homes, nursing homes, day centres, children’s centres, health centres, supported accommodation, respite care, residential schools and even special schools. Simply complete 180 hours of study time within 12 months of enrolment, and no matter which career path you choose to take; upon completion, you’ll walk away with a fully recognised qualification completed to level 3 standard.

More importantly, you’ll be confident enough to take the next step on the career/educational ladder, as over the span of this course you’ll learn everything you need to know to successfully work within a care setting as well as provide assistance to those with a wide range of needs.

This course allows learners to earn UCAS points depending on the grade gained:

A* - 28
A - 24
B - 20
C - 16
D - 12

Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care
Qualification Number: 601/6108/5

Required knowledge

With no prior experience or knowledge required to enrol; this intuitive course can help learners to create a strong foundation upon which to build their skills and specialities.


Our CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care has no formal examinations. Instead, to complete this course you’ll need to pass 6 written assignments that are structured around the syllabus taught during your online lessons.

Once marked by your personal tutor, alongside your grades you’ll also receive invaluable feedback and tips which can be used to improve the outcome of future assignments.

Awarding organisation

NCFE CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) are a leading awarding organisation specialising in in the care and education sector. CACHE award a range of qualifications to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and internationally.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain an ofqual regulated NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care certificate from NCFE CACHE. This is an RQF course which upon completion will have credits which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Course modules

Unit 1: Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care:

  • Understand equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Understand how to work in an inclusive way
  • Understand legislation and codes of practice in relation to inclusive practice in health and social care settings
  • Understand the role of the health and social care practitioner in relation to inclusive practice

Unit 2: Human growth and development:

  • Understand the key elements of development across human lifespan
  • Understand theories of human growth and development
  • Understand significant life events within each stage of human development

Unit 3: Safeguarding in health and social care:

  • Understand safeguarding
  • Understand how to safeguard individuals in relation to legislation, policies and procedures
  • Understand factors that may contribute to an individual being vulnerable to harm or abuse
  • Know signs, symptoms, indicators and behaviours that may cause concern
  • Understand the lines of reporting and responsibility in relation to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of individuals
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner in relation to safeguarding individuals

Learner support

All of our courses are designed with the sole purpose of easing your learning experience and our CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF is no different.

Alongside receiving your very own dedicated tutor – who’ll always be on hand to lend their expert advice and guidance - once you enrol and receive your login, you’ll also gain immediate access to all your online course materials, lessons, resources and assignments.

No additional textbooks or expenses are required, as your single course fee covers it all. This means you can enrol onto this course with a clear idea of your finances and remain 100% focused on your studies.

The fact that no prior experience or qualifications are expected in order to enrol makes this course incredibly attractive - especially if you’re not sure which area of health and social care you want to work in yet.

Instead, our Health and Social Care course can offer you the flexibility to experiment and explore your interests, before a decision on which career path you wish to pursue has to be made.

Similarly, without the pressure of deadlines and examinations; you easily manage your studies alongside any existing work commitments, and study in your own time and at your own pace.

All of our course materials, lessons and tutors are accessible 24/7/365 days of the year!

This paired with our integrated chat and messaging systems, means you can easily contact your tutor and our help centre without delay, and harness their advice, guidance and expertise within moments. There is no waiting around for your next class.

Instead, you can enjoy the reassurance of their continuous support, and use their feedback to greater strengthen your future grades.

Our course can even earn you UCAS points, making it a fantastic addition to your CV if you plan to continue your education to university level. The UCAS points you can achieve are dependent on your grades as seen below: Grade UCAS Points A* 28 A 24 B 20 C 16 D 12

NOTE: All of our tutors are actively involved in the creation of our courses and are readily at your disposal, so you can utilise their expertise in this field as and when you need it. All certification fees are included within your course fees.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF

M Byrne

“My experience with NCC was excellent”

My experience with NCC was excellent. And the course has provide me with knowledge on NVQ level 3. The Tutor was good particularly in the area of correction and guidance.

Gbenga Daniel

M Byrne

“I'm very happy to join with you”

I'm verry happy to join with you, I taken a course its name Award in health and social care. I hope i get better.


M Byrne


Worthy is the perfect word to describe my experience with NCC Learning. I was able to take advantage of installment payment options, which was a great help as a student. The enrollment process was incredibly easy, and I would recommend NCC to anyone looking to learn courses online.


M Byrne

“I find the course very informative”

I find the course very informative and thorough. The feed back from my tutor is always helpful and encouraging. An excellent course and very rewarding.


M Byrne

“Very happy student”

Really happy with the course, my tutor was supportive and got back to me straight away with any issues I have which was hardly any, I'm keeping an eye out for my next course and the deals they sometimes have.

D. Dawson

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