Level 3 in Health & Social Care

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

The course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in a variety of Health and Social Care settings, including Nursing, Social Work and Teaching. You will attend college three days a week; the fourth day will be on work placement. Alongside the Level 3 Health & Social Care Diploma, you will also study the Welsh Baccalaureate, which is equivalent to one A Level.

On completion, you will leave the College with a qualification equivalent to an A Level, greatly enhancing your future opportunities. At Nantgarw - If you have previously attended a Welsh-medium secondary education, you will be given the option to follow 3 of the 9 units through the medium of Welsh. This will give you the opportunity to maintain and use your Welsh language skills and will help prepare you for working in a sector where there is an acknowledged shortage of Welsh speakers – a definite advantage for you in the workplace!

What Will I Learn?

The course is presented in units, and includes a variety of topics relevant ro studying and working in Health and Social Care.

For the Welsh Baccalaureate, you will explore a wide range of areas including how Wales 'fits in' with Europe and the rest of the world, the health of the nation and how to be enterprising.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C, including English/Welsh, Maths/Numeracy, or completion of a Level 2 Childcare or Health & Social Care qualification or ESW Level 2 Application of Number and ESW Level 2 Communication. Plus satisfactory references. As well as producing a satisfactory DBS , applicants are required to provide evidence of their suitability to work in the care sector . All applicants will be provided with a “ Suitability for Care pro-forma “ that must be completed .

You must have satisfactory clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service . You will be invited to attend an interview. During this interview you will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required. Applicants with appropriate experience, who do not necessarily meet the academic qualifications may be considered


You will experience a range of assessment methods which can include course work, examinations, role play activities, presentation and more.


Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.


Learners attending Care and Childcare courses need to purchase a £ 11.00 polo shirt to wear at placement and to pay for a DBS check.

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Career Progression

  • After successfully completing this course, you may be able to progress on to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care or enter employment within the Health and Social Care area.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Medical practitioner

    Average salary: £58,520

  • Care worker or home carer

    Average salary: £16,692

  • Houseparent or residential warden

    Average salary: £16,205

  • Ambulance staff (excluding paramedic)

    Average salary: £22,425

  • Nursing auxiliary or assistant

    Average salary: £19,617

  • Medical or dental technician

    Average salary: £31,161


Medical practitioners diagnose mental and physical injuries, disorders and diseases, prescribe and give treatment, recommend preventative action, and conduct medical education and research activities. They may specialise in particular areas of modern medicine or work in general practice and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.

Entry Requirements

Entrants require a university degree from a medical school recognised by the General Medical Council followed by a year of pre-registration training as a house officer. Some medical schools operate graduate entry schemes. Once the pre-registration period as house officer is completed, doctors undertake up to two years postgraduate training in a chosen speciality.


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