Health and Social Care (4222)

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2023
These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a broad range of health or social care settings.

A Diploma in Health and Social Care is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care. Learners can select a pathway that suits their role - for example, working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia or children and young people.

This is the main qualification required by the Quality Care Commission in England and the Care Councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Adults) for England UCAS tariff


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Please use the following links to check funding availability:  
  • England - please check: Ofqual
  • Wales - please check: QiW 
  • Northern Ireland - please check: CCEA 
  • Scotland - please check: SCQF and SQA  

These are the recognised qualifications for care workers and senior care workers in health and social care.
To take the Level 3 qualification, you must be working in a care setting already. For the Level 2 qualification, you may have no previous experience, or you might be working in care and want recognition for your current skills.

Care Certificate mapping-Level 2 Diploma mandatory units: to access the document, developed to support assessors, please visit the documents tab.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales – please check QiW website for available funding
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?
While completing this qualification, you'll cover topics like:

•the role of a health and social care worker
•health and safety
•equality and inclusion
•personal development.
You'll also cover specific skills and knowledge for the options you choose. This may include:

•administering medication
•supporting people with disabilities
•working with babies and young children
•helping people to eat and drink.
To gain these qualifications, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You will work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by studying, or by trying new things at work.

These qualifications are assessed at work or in a simulated workplace. For each unit, your assessor will watch and asks questions as you perform a task, or will look at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
You are a care worker or want to get your first care job. If you're already working in care, you probably work mainly under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

This level is suitable for:

•Healthcare assistants/Support workers
•Care workers/Assistants/Key workers/Support workers
•Personal assistants.
Level 3
You're a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker.
This level is suitable for:

•Senior healthcare assistants/Support workers
•Senior care workers/Assistants/Key workers/Support workers
•Personal assistants.
Both qualifications might also suit emerging new types of workers and multi-disciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models.
What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification can help you succeed in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as:

•residential care
•community and primary care
•acute health environments (eg hospitals)
•domiciliary services (home care/home help)
•supported living projects
•community-based care
•private care for a person or family.
You might also be interested in these qualifications:

•Certificate in Working in the Health Sector (3176)
•Certificate in Mental Health (3061)
•Promoting the Mental Health and Well Being of Older People (3062)
•Certificate/Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (4227)
•Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care (4222).

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

You can deliver the Level 2 qualification in college or in the workplace. Assessment must be in the workplace. The Level 3 qualification must be workplace-based in a health or social care setting.

To deliver these diplomas, you need qualified members of staff - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need to make sure learners have access to a workplace setting.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

You can get automatic approval if you currently offer the NVQ in Health and Social Care (3172) or the Certificate in Health and Social Care (3179).
Download the form for automatic/fast-track approval from the additional documents section.


Level 4

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) (4222-34)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2027

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England)

  • Accreditation No: 601/5641/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 70 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 479 - 534 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 700 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: N/A This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2030 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £162.00 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Additional information for centres

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Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to Walled Garden and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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Assessment materials