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Health and Social Care NCFE Level 3 Technical Certificate (Adults)

The level 3 technical certificate provides learners with an in-depth knowledge of core subject areas in health and social care to support progression into Higher Education, the workplace or further learning in related subject areas.

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 75 hours which is distributed across the academic year. Our placement coordinator will support in identifying an appropriate setting.

Key Information

  • Duration

    This course will run across a full academic year. Learners will be required to attend college for 2 full days each week.

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The Technical Certificate is assessed primarily through coursework with one externally assessed assignment which is completed independently in exam conditions.

This course is for learners aged 19+.

Learners will be expected to hold a GCSE or equivalent level 2 qualification in English at grade 4/C or higher to support the required academic writing on the course.

Upon achievement of this qualification, learners will be able to progress to the Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, from which students will be able to access Higher Education and progress into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.

The Technical Certificate does not provide occupational competence or a licence to practise but learners could also progress directly to a wide range of supervised job roles within the health and social care sector. This could include: Care Support Workers in adult residential settings. Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments, Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services. Community-Based Support Workers.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


If you do not already have a level 3 qualification or higher, this course can be funded through the National Skills Fund meaning you will have nothing to pay.

If you already have a level 3 qualification or higher, but you earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525 from April 2022) or are unemployed, you can also access this qualifications for free.

If you are not eligible for this offer, Advanced Learner Loans are available to help you cover the costs of learning, which you pay back when you are earning over a certain amount. Please contact us for further information on course costs and funding.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 281 111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details