Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level: 3

Awarding body: ATHE

Diploma in Health and Social Care is a 60 credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It has been designed to introduce learners to the health and social care sector, the roles and career paths within the sector and the main aims, knowledge and ideas underpinning the provision of health and social care. This qualification will give learners the opportunity to explore the structure of the sector and how it provides health and social care services along with the principles and values which underpin work in the sector. It will give learners an understanding of the need for health and social care provision over the human life span and the knowledge and skills to choose and move forward towards a health and social care job role. They will also gain personal development skills which are essential for success in professional practice.

Mandatory Units

  • Structure and Overview of the Health and Social Care Sector
  • Principles, Values and Regulation in the Health and Social Care Sector
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in the Health and Social Care Sector

Entry Criteria

The typical minimum requirements for learners who have recently been in education or training is likely to include one of following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications.

The varied profile of achievement of more mature learners is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of relevant qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Learners may also hold RQF qualifications which will enable them to claim a credit transfer from part of the qualification. For further information please see the ATHE RPL, Credit Transfer and Exemptions Policy in the student information section on the Policies page of our website.

English Language Requirement

For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

If an international learner does not have formal certification in English, we offer him/her four weeks of free English language classes to enable him/her to meet an appropriate standard in English for this qualification.

At London School of Social and Management Sciences duration of the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is 6 months. The School runs two academic sessions (September and March) in a year. Learners can join any session of their choice and convenience. 

Partner Universities for Progression from ATHE Level 3 Diploma to Bachelor's Degrees