Health and Social Care CACHE Technical Certificate Level 3

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This course will deepen your knowledge of health and social care, ready for your next steps. You will gain the skills and knowledge to progress to an apprenticeship, degree level study, or relevant employment. In addition, you’ll complete a substantial work placement.

You will learn about effective communication, human growth and development, mental health, and working in health and social care. You’ll also acquire equality, diversity, safeguarding, and protection knowledge.

The certificate is equivalent to a maximum of 84 UCAS points, while the extended diploma is worth a maximum of 168 UCAS points.

Course Information

Below you’ll find feedback from students who participated in a two-week work placement on various wards at Leeds Teaching Hospital. Each l3 student was allocated a student Training Nursing Associate (TNA), given a thorough work placement induction and provided with a uniform prior to starting.

Jenny- works as TNA at Leeds Teaching Hospital:

During my time at Leeds City College, I had the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks on a ward at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI). I was on L49, the Children’s Day Case ward, where patients come in for procedures such as tonsillectomies and grommet removals.

I got to shadow a TNA, and learnt the ins and outs of how the hospital works. The staff were lovely and welcoming, taught me about the various illnesses and surgeries patients underwent, and were always there to answer any questions I had. I even got to practise how to take observations and admitted a few patients as well.

I loved my experience. It gave me a confidence boost as I found it useful to see what I would be doing when I began my apprenticeship, which I am currently halfway through the first year of. I’m really grateful to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust for allowing me on this programme, but also to Leeds City College for fighting to make this experience happen.

Davina - studying Child Nursing at the University of Bradford:

My placement was on J25, the ophthalmology ward. While I was there, I had the opportunity to see all of the ward-based work - such as the pre-assessment and outpatients clinic - and even got to go into theatre to watch a cataract removal.

All the staff on the ward were lovely and welcoming, and when I first arrived they provided me with a student booklet giving me a basic understanding of different eye conditions and how they are treated. They took the time to explain to me how to take simple observations, and even let me have a go at admitting patients, discharging, carrying out checks pre-theatre and writing prescriptions under supervision.

Saleena- studying Dual Adult and Mental Health Nursing

I found my placement at St James’ Hospital really beneficial for my professional development. It gave me a massive advantage and valuable insight into my future role, as I am now studying a nursing degree at university. I gained essential nursing knowledge from my placement supervisor and got to see how the ward runs smoothly.

Before my placement, I only had a vague idea of nursing from what I’d seen myself or been told. Being able to shadow the nurses gave me a much more accurate idea of what a nurse’s role really entails. I loved my placement and am very thankful I was given this opportunity. I do think it’s important to be inquisitive, ask lots of questions and request to shadow as much as possible - as college students, there isn’t much we can participate in at the moment and it’s important we get the most out of our experiences.

Erin - studying Combined mental health and social work degree at Edge Hill.

Last year I completed a two-week placement on the Stroke Rehabilitation ward at LGI. I worked with a number of professionals who all gave me a very insightful look into careers in the NHS. For example, I spent time with nurses who let me observe medicine rounds, moving and handling, and personal care. I also shadowed the ward clerk, discharge manager, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists - allowing me to see their different ways of working and the skills they use.

The experience was extremely valuable and I believe it helped me improve my communication skills and confidence. I enjoyed the responsibility of having to develop relationships with service users and found the placement very rewarding.

After completing my placement at LGI, I applied for a bank healthcare assistant role at my local hospital, which I thoroughly enjoy as I have the opportunity to gain experience on different wards and develop key skills. I am now studying an integrated Mental Health Nursing and Social Work degree at Edge Hill University.

Emily - has applied to study Children’s Nursing for September 2021

I enjoyed my hospital placement as it allowed me to experience things I definitely wouldn’t have had the opportunity to before. Although I didn’t get the full experience due to planning issues, I did get to see X-rays, change and feed babies, and helped keep them calm during minor procedures. I also witnessed tracheas being changed and blood tests being taken, and sat in on meetings where they discussed each case and next steps. On my final day, I was sent down to a fellow ward for mothers and babies, allowing me to develop my experience even further.

I’d recommend a placement because it allows you to decide whether it’s something you’d like to pursue. Overall, it’s an amazing opportunity.

Vanessa - worked in a Leeds care home rated as Outstanding, and now studying Adult Nursing at the University of Hull

My placement on St James’ Hospital oncology ward was a great experience. I had the chance to work with the discharge team - learning how they ensured patients had the support they needed at home and regularly checked up on them. I also worked with the nurse to see how hourly observations were taken; they all differ based on their National Early Warning Score and I learnt that the higher the score the more monitoring is required. The staff were really helpful and incredibly caring towards the patients.

My placement gave me insight into what it’s like to work in the hospital, taught me new things and showed me how important it is to have patience as a health and social care professional. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the support of my tutors, who fought to get us placements before we proceeded with our future careers, and I’m very grateful to them. I’m happy I did this course as it landed me my first job while at college!


Who is this course for?

If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Benefits / Skills

  • Safeguard and protect vulnerable adults, children and patients.
  • Gain an understanding of infection prevention and control.
  • Understand the responsibilities of working in professional care.
  • Develop the skills to care for others.
  • Entry Requirements

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English and maths. A minimum of grade 3 in science though grade 4 is desirable.

    Career Progression

    Progression may include a second year of study to achieve the full extended diploma, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment.

    Progression to Health and Social Care CACHE Technical Extended Diploma Year 2 Level 3.

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    1 year

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    Course Facts


    Our courses range from residential care to palliative care and include work experience and placement opportunities including european residential trips.

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    Student Testimonial

    I am now a qualified adult nurse and still in touch with some of my tutors. I also frequently visit college to speak to students about my experience and offer advice.” - Amanda Rodriguez | Health and Social Care
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