International Access Programme
ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is a 60-credit qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a health and social care degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.
The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Health and Social Care environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Information and Health and Social Care.
This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite. Extending the learning to more than one qualification will increase knowledge, understanding and the development of a range of study skills. It will also increase the total number of credits achieved so learners are more qualified to access higher education, higher level apprenticeships or employment.
At a glance:
- Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
- Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the Qualifications catalogue
- Progression to a bachelor degree at a range of university partners – https://www.athe.co.uk/progression-routes
- 600 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
- Designed with support from universities
- Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.
Learners must complete all 6 mandatory units.
To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.
Unit 1 - Structure and Overview of the Health and Social Care Sector
This unit aims to develop an understanding of the health and social care sector, its aims and purpose and the organisations that provide health and social care along with an awareness of current issues impacting the sector in a chosen country.
Unit 2 - Principles, Values and Regulation in the Health and Social Care Sector
This unit aims to develop knowledge of the principles and values, and the legislation, regulations and guidance that underpin work in the health and social care sector in a chosen country.
Unit 3 - Human Growth and Development
This unit aims to develop an understanding of different areas of growth and development, and how each development area has an impact on the other. This unit introduces learners to the various stages of growth and development that a human being passes through on their journey through life.
Unit 4 - Working in Health and Social Care
This unit aims to develop an understanding of the key features involved in delivering safe and consistent services in health and social care. This unit looks at fundamental principles, such as person centred practice and safeguarding and protection, as well as effective working relationships and communication, that underpin the work of all health and social care workers.
Unit 5 - Research in Health and Social Care
This unit aims to develop essential academic and research skills required for working in the health and social care sector and to be able to formally present academic research findings, written and orally.
Unit 6 - Personal and Professional Development in the Health and Social Care Sector
This unit aims to develop the skills and knowledge required to plan and implement own personal and professional development for further study or work in the health and social care sector and for future reflective practice.
Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Please contact individual universities to confirm if you are eligible to apply for a bachelor degree.
Age: 16 +
- 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
- other related level 2 subjects
- other equivalent international qualifications