This specification provides key information on the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care including the rules of combination, the content of all the units and guidance on assessment and curriculum planning. It should be used in conjunction with the ATHE handbook “Delivering ATHE Qualifications”. Further guidance and supporting documentation on curriculum planning, internal verification and assessment is provided separately in the Delivering ATHE Qualifications Guide and via the ATHE website.

This qualification is on the Register of Regulated Qualifications. It has a Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN). This number will appear on the learner’s final certification documentation. Each unit within a qualification also has a code.

The QAN numbers for this qualification is as follows:

ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care 603/0390/6

Accreditation Dates

This qualification is accredited from 1st September 2016, which is its operational start date in centres.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.

ATHE’s policy regarding access to our qualifications is that:
• they should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standard • they should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
• there should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the qualifications.

Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 3. For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will need to take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of the qualification.

For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications.Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of relevant qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).Please note that UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI) requires adult students to have acceptable English language ability before they can apply to become an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. As an education provider you must ensure that the applicant is competent in the English language at a minimum of CEFR level B1 for a qualification at levels 3-5.Centres are required to recruit learners to qualifications with integrity. Centres must carry out robust initial assessment to ensure that learners who undertake this qualification have the necessary background knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake the learning and assessment at level 3. ATHE will review centre recruitment policies as part of their monitoring processes.Support and RecognitionThis qualification has been developed with the support of centres who are currently delivering qualifications at this level in Health and Social Care or who plan to do so in the future. It also has the support of higher education providers and is recognised as offering progression to a degree programme or equivalent in Health and Social Care.