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Health & Social Care Level 3 Course

This Health and Social Care Level 3 Course covers areas which are essential such as rights and responsibilities, service provision and understanding human behaviour.  

This course will give you a greater awareness of current issues and prepare you for higher education or the world of work; opening up career opportunities in areas such as childcare, nursing, mental health and counselling.

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The Distance Learning Health and Social Care Level 3 course would be beneficial if you are planning on becoming a social worker, health visitor, carer, nurse or paramedic. This course is one of our most popular and is ideal for anyone wanting to work in the health and social care sector. It is also excellent CPD material for those already working in a related field.

This home study course follows a logical and familiar structure; covering issues applicable to a Health and Social Care setting. You are then given an insight into many common health issues that affect most of us throughout our lives. These include common diseases and illnesses like diabetes and epilepsy. Subsequent units help you understand the effects that drugs and alcohol has on the body and their impact on society. This course will also provide you with the knowledge of how to support individuals with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to complete the Care Certificate. This consists of 15 standards and is intended for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) and Adult Social Care Workers (ASCW), including Care Support Workers, Health Care Assistants, Assistant Practitioners, and those providing support to clinical roles who have direct contact with patients. The Care Certificate is a key component of the overall induction that employers must provide legally in order to meet the essential standards set out by the Care Quality Commission.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

Throughout your course, you'll have the support of a Tutor to guide you. Additionally, you can reach out to the Student Support Team for help with any other questions you may have. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of assignments. Once all assignments have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 

  • Unit 2: Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 

  • Unit 3: Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 

  • Unit 4: Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 

  • Unit 5: Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care 

  • Unit 6: The role of the health and social care worker 

  • Unit 7: Implement person centred approaches in health and social care 

  • Unit 8: Contribute to health and safety in health and social care 

  • Unit 9: Handle information in health and social care settings

  • Unit 10: Introduction to Learning Disability Awareness

  • Unit 11: Understanding an Individual with Learning Disabilities

  • Unit 12: Supporting People with Learning Disabilities & Mental Health Needs

  • Unit 13: Supporting People with Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Unit 14: Supporting People with Autism

  • Unit 15: Supporting People with Cerebral Palsy

  • Unit 16: Supporting People with Down Syndrome

  • Unit 17: Supporting People with Diabetes Mellitus

  • Unit 18: Epilepsy Awareness

  • Unit 19: Caring for People with Dementia

  • Unit 20: End of Life Care

  • Unit 21: Safeguarding Children and Adults

  • Unit 22: Safe Handling of Medicines

  • Unit 23: Awareness of Alcohol and Substance Misuse

  • Unit 24: Infection Control

  • Unit 25: Health and Safety

  • Unit 26: Food Hygiene

  • Unit 27: Data Protection

Q & A

Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

What is included with this course?

  • In-depth study materials covering the full specification
  • 12 months tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Certificate

Will I need to purchase any books?

You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.

Are there any additional costs?

There will be no additional costs for this course.

I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, this course is available to international students.

Do I have to pay delivery?

For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.

How many hours should I allow for this course?

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 150 and 160 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.

Awarding Organisation

abstract-education-distance-learningAt the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by Abstract Education and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The Level 3 Health and Social Care course has been benchmarked at a level 3 which would give you some indication as to the difficulty of this course.  I.e., GCSE would be equivalent to Level 2 and A’ Level would be equivalent to Level 3.


Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Course materials which will cover the full course.
  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Certification
  • Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources.
  • Free Notebook and Pen.
  • Access to the NUS student card.
  • Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Free CV writing service on completion of course.