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Health and Social Care

Level 3 Edexcel Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support

Part Time

Course Overview

This course replaces the NVQ Level 3 Health Award, it provides evidence of competence in delivering care within a range of ward and community based settings.

Course Content

Choose one pathway based on current job role from either: Clinical Healthcare Support. Students need to achieve 65 credits to complete the course and will be allocated an assessor who visits the work setting every three weeks. Candidates need to work through mandatory units plus optional knowledge and competency units.

Twelve mandatory units:

  • Engage in personal development
  • Promote communication
  • Promote equality and inclusion
  • Promote and implement health and safety
  • Principles of safeguarding
  • Promote person centred approaches
  • The role of the health and social care worker
  • Promote good practice in handling information
  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Cleaning, decontamination and wasted management
  • Principles for implementing duty of care.

Entry Requirement

The minimum entry age is 19 for this course. There are no formal entry criteria. Interview in workplace required to ascertain candidate's job role. Candidates must be working in a healthcare setting eg ward or community based.


Aged 19 to 23 - You may be eligible for full fee remission, meaning there is nothing for you to pay. Contact us to find out if this applies to you. If you have to pay, you can spread the cost by paying in instalments.

Aged 24 or over - Nothing to pay now - you do not have to make any upfront payment, your fees can be paid for through a government loan. These loans are available to everyone regardless of your income or savings. All you need to do is complete a form which we can help you with. Repayment of the loan only starts when you earn £1,750 or more per month (£21,000 per year) when an affordable amount will be deducted directly from your salary. 

Contact us for further details or go to direct.gov.uk/advancedlearning loans.


Written work, observation of work in the setting to demonstrate competence and professional discussion with tutorials in the work setting.

Where does this course lead to

Foundation degree.

How to Enrol

To find out more information or to enrol please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference.

Course is now full

Course Outline

Course Code: MXEL208
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: Flexible
Day & Time: Flexible
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £1641.00)
Registration Fees: £250.00
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