Health and Social Care Apprenticeship, Level 3 Diploma (NVQ)

Course overview

National Vocational Qualifications are one of the most popular qualifications within industry as they are delivered during working hours and demonstrate competency within a job role. These qualifications are based on national occupational standards, which are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do. They cover all the main aspect of a specified occupation, including current best practice and are ideal for addressing skills gaps as well as identifying competence.

To achieve the full qualification, candidates must attain a minimum of 58 credits in total, comprising all the mandatory units and the remaining credits will be achieved by selecting the optional units.

The Learning and Skills Development Officer will provide support and guidance in selecting the appropriate units.

Mandatory Units

• Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s
• Engage personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s
• Principles for implementing duty of care in health social care or children’s and young
people’s settings
• Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• The role of the health and social care worker
• Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
• Promote and Implement health and safety in health and social care
• Promote good practice in health and social care settings

Optional Units

• Purpose and principles of independent advocacy
• Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion
• Understand mental health problems
• Understand the process and experience of Dementia
• Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person
centred approach
• Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have
• Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion
• Understand the theories of relationships and social networks
• Introduction to personalisation in social care
• The principles of infection prevention and control
• Causes and spread of infection
• Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
• Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
• Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene
• Understand positive risk raking for individuals with disabilities
• Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and
sexual health
• Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions
• Principles of supporting young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood
• Principles of self-directed support
• Understand physical disability
• Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals
• Understand sensory loss
• Understand models of disability
• Provide independent advocacy support
• Maintaining the independent advocacy relationship
• Responding to the advocacy needs of different groups of people
• Recognise the indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
• Support individuals who are substance users
• Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance mis-users
• Provide services to those affected by someone else’s substance use
• Increase awareness about drugs, alcohol or other substances with individuals and groups
• Test for substance use, carry out initial assessments to identify and prioritise needs of
substance misusers
• Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment
• Assist with the transfer of individuals who misuse substances between agencies and
• Support individuals through detoxification programmes
• Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies
• Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects
• Supply and exchange injecting equipment for individuals
• Emergency first aid skills
• Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia whilst
minimizing risks
• Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have
• Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimalising risk
• Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice
• Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
• Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security upon
• Undertake agreed pressure area care
• Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care
• Contribute to raising awareness of health issues
• Provide support to continue recommended therapies
• Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life
• Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences
• Support the development of community partnerships
• Implement therapeutic group activities
• Support individuals to develop and run support groups
• Prepare to support individuals within a shared lives agreement
• Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
• Provide support for individuals within a shared lives arrangement
• Support individuals within their relationships
• Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review
• Support individuals to live at home
• Support individuals to manage their finances
• Support individuals to access and manage their direct payments
• Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services
• Support individuals to deal with personal relationship problems
• Support individuals with specific communication needs
• Support individuals during a period of change
• Support individuals to prepare for and settle into new home environments
• Support individuals who are bereaved
• Work in partnership with families to support individuals
• Promote positive behavior
• Support use of medication in social care settings
• Support individuals at end of life
• Prepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities
• Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques
• Undertake tissue viability risk assessments
• Undertake physiological measurements
• Obtain venous blood samples
• Undertake urethral catherterisation processes

Entry requirements

To be working a minimum of 10 hours per week in a appropriate vocational role which will enable you to gather the evidence for your qualification

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this qualification will be via direct observation in the working environment.  Knowledge will also be assessed via assignments or a portfolio of evidence.  Some of the evidence used in portfolios will include; witness testimonies, professional discussion and the learners' own plans and written records.

What can I do next

Upon completing this qualification a review will take place with yourself and your employer to discuss progression opportunties which may lead to further study.