Diploma in Health and Social Care | NVQ in Health and Social Care

Diploma in Health and Social Care

Previously known as the NVQ in health and social care, the diploma in health and social care level 2, 3, 4 & 5 offered by BCE is just one of our many social care training programmes. We offer a wide range of solutions for care professionals including Personal Assistants (PA’s). Our courses are geared towards those who work in care homes, Domicillary care and Indivdual Employers. Our bespoke programmes can be tailored to meet both Individuals and organisation’s needs. These qualifications are eligible for funding under the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund (WDF) depending on your circumstances.

Are your Diplomas approved by Skills for Care? Yes!

An approved diploma will have been confirmed by Skills for Care as meeting the relevent specification developed in consultation with the sector and means that:

The Core, mandatory content

  • Meets sector expectations
  • Is fit for purpose in realtion to the role

The optional units content

  • Has been developed in line with current standards and frameworks
  • Allows learners to contextualise their qualification

The overall qualfication

  • Is an appropriate size
  • Is understood by employers and learners
  • Provides tranferable learning
  • Is portable between employers

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care : The New NVQ in Health and Social Care

If you work in the care sector, we recommended the new equivalent of the NVQ in social care for your staff members. The course provides all the necessary knowledge to pursue a career in the health and social care sector. 

This qualification is made up of units that can be chosen to suit your job role. Level 2 diploma health and social care includes the following 9 mandatory units

  • Implement person centres approaches in health and social care
  • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Introduction to duty if care in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Contribute towards health and safety in health and social care

There are no entry requirements for the new style NVQ level 2 health and social care and are suitable for the following job roles

  • Care Assistant or Worker
  • Home Care Support Worker
  • Key Workers in Day Services
  • Key Workers in Domiciliary Services
  • Key Workers in Residential Settings
  • Personal Assistants

This is once again the equivalent of the old NVQ qualification, the NVQ level 3 Health and Social Care.

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?

This qualification takes on average 9 months to complete, the total qualification time for this qualification is 460 hours, and of this 308 are recommended guided learning hours. 

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed through completion of a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed and internally quality assured by the centre.

What next?

Learners achieving this qualification can choose to progress onto the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) or the Highfield Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare.

Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma : The New NVQ in Health and Social Care

The level 3 diploma health and social care offered by BCE provides a more comprehensive understanding of the social care sector. It gives underpinning knowledge and skills that allow progression within the sector. The diploma in health and social care level 3 is equivalent to A Levels grades A to E .

This qualification is made up of units that can be chosen to suit your job role. Level 3 diploma health and social care includes the following 9 mandatory units

  • Engage In personal development in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Principles of safeguarding in health and social care
  • Promote and implement health ad safety in health and social care
  • Promote communication in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
  • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or childrens and young peoples settings
  • Promote person centred approaches in health and social care

This qualification is suitable for the following job roles

  • Care Officer
  • Care Supervisor
  • Community Development Worker
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Family Support Workers
  • Outreach Development Worker
  • Relief Team Leader
  • Senior or Supervising Care Worker
  • Senior Support Worker
  • Social Services Officer
  • Social Work Assistant

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?

This Apprenticeship is a minimum of 12 months to complete, the total qualification time for this qualification is 580 hours, and of this 341 are recommended guided learning hours. 

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed through completion of a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed and internally quality assured by the centre.

What next?

Individuals achieving this qualification can choose to progress onto the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care (RQF) or the Highfield Level 4 Diploma in Care (RQF) depending on their job role.

Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care

This qualification is supported by Skills for Care, the sector skills council for the adult care sector in England. It is designed for those learners working in senior practice and/or lead practitioner roles in adult care settings such as residential care, domiciliary care or day services, typically with responsibility for assessing performance and quality of care delivery, providing coaching and mentoring to their colleagues. The qualification content is appropriate for a variety of senior practice roles such as:

  • Community care officer
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Re-ablement support worker
  • Social care assistant 
  • Telecare assistant

The qualification content also links with the knowledge and skills required for the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship standard. 

Learners gaining this qualification will undertake 11 mandatory units enabling them to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas; leading communication, developing, maintaining and using records and reports, personal development, leading inclusive practice, health and safety, facilitating person-centred assessment and support planning to ensure positive outcomes and to support wellbeing, professional practice, working in partnership, understanding personalisation, safeguarding and protection in adult care settings. Learners will also develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of other areas by selecting optional units that are suitable for their job role and development. 

How long will it take me to achieve this qualification?

The total qualification time for this qualification is 700 hours, of which 467 are recommended as guided learning hours.

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed through completion of a portfolio of evidence which will be assessed and internally quality assured by the centre.

What next?

Individuals achieving this qualification can choose to progress onto the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care (RQF) or Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF) if aspiring to management positions. Alternatively, this qualification allows progression onto specialist higher level qualifications in adult care, coaching or mentoring.

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