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Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) Level 3 - Qualification

GCS Training
Level 3
Jubilee Court
6-9 months
Telephone: 01792 284400 (Jubilee Court)


This qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and competence to practice in employment. It provides the opportunity to enrich knowledge and skills using both mandatory content and optional units.

Learners will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Understand and can apply in practice, the principles and values which underpin health and social care
  • Understand and can apply in practice, person-centred approaches
  • Promote and support effective practice within health and social care
  • Are aware of key policies within the sector, and understand how these affect service development and delivery
  • Can work in partnership with individuals, their families, carers and a range of professionals
  • Can apply a range of problem solving techniques to reflect on practice, and continuously improve the use of literacy, numeracy and digital competency skills as appropriate within their role

The qualification is for those currently employed in a health and social care adult focused setting. It will be of interest to learners working in domiciliary support services, residential/nursing care, day centre services and learning disability provision including community based healthcare services.

It is expected that learners have a degree of autonomy in their role and are supporting others to deliver high quality care. 

This qualification is suitable for:

  • Learners who have completed the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core qualification
  • Learners who have successfully completed the Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) qualification
  • Learners who have completed appropriate legacy qualifications included in the Social Care Wales – Qualifications Framework for Social Care and Regulated Childcare in Wales. 

Key information

It is strongly encouraged that learners have completed the core qualification prior to, or alongside the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults), as this will be a requirements set by Social Care Wales. 

This qualification contains a single mandatory and a range of optional units that are linked to specific types of support or health and social care settings.

To achieve the Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults) qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of 50 credits in total:

  • 18 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units
  • A minimum of 32 credits will be selected from the suite of optional units, which includes units about direct support and healthcare.

The mandatory content of the qualification is aligned to the key themes of the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care, and includes:

  • Professional practice
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Legislation, national policy and codes of practice
  • Health and wellbeing (adults)

The learner must successfully complete:

  • A portfolio of evidence that includes direct observation of practice
  • Externally set, internally assessed tasks

Following a learner and managers induction, the learner will undertake a formal learning period before moving into the formative assessment, and then into the summative assessment. The learner will work through Tasks A-E with support and guidance from their allocated assessor. This qualification is designed for a collaborative approach between the learner, assessor and manager, and will include regular progress reviews to ensure successful achievement. 

This qualification provides the appropriate knowledge and competence to practice, and support learners to progress to:

  • Level 4 Professional Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management of Health and Social Care

Other qualifications that may be of interest are:

  • Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)
  • Advanced GCE and Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare
  • Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care: Principles and Contexts (Adults, Children and Young People)