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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.
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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 endorse a range of qualifications to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and internationally.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. 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 is distance learning?

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

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 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 does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

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.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. 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.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait 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 pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

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 have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

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 an 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 ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

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.

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 though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

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 12 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.

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

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

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

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

CACHE Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF

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,