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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Part Time

Course Overview

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of diabetes. By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge of diabetes which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment, in the health and social care sector. 

The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of diabetes, including:
  • the types, causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes 
  • anatomy and physiology 
  • the impact of diabetes on individuals, others and society 
  • the treatment and management of diabetes 
  • common complications of diabetes

Course Content

This course includes four units which you need to complete in order to gain the qualification. 

  • Unit 01 Understand diabetes 
  • Unit 02 Diabetes in context 
  • Unit 03 Understand the treatment and management of diabetes 
  • Unit 04 Understand the complications of diabetes

Entry Requirement

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 qualification Diabetes.

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • You do not already hold a Level 3 of higher qualification or equivalent*
  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 year olds you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • You will need to have a good standard of English and Math

*From April 2022 - 

  •        Learners who already hold a level 3 qualification or higher are eligible to enrol onto a Level 3 National Skills Funded Course if they are employed and have an individual income of less than £17, 364.50.  
  •       Or, if they are unemployed and are in receipt of Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance.


Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  

We recommended allowing a minimum of 4 to 5 hours per week to study this course in your own time.

You will be given submission dates for each unit to help you stay on track and complete within the allocated timeframe.  

This course is available via: 

Online assessments with online learning materials

Where does this course lead to

This qualification allows you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of diabetes. 

Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, or roles in other sectors which support people with diabetes.

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below and complete an application


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL119
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 40 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
Learner Loan L3AO
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