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IQ Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Health and Social Care

 

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Qualification Number 603/1395/X
Title IQ Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Health and Social Care
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 01/05/2017
Operational End Date 01/05/2020
Total Units 14 Min Credit 90
Min Guided Learning Hours 600 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Introduction

This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration and appeals procedures are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ Quality Management System Centre Guide available from the website.

Qualification Purpose

Objective

Supporting a role in the workplace

Purpose

B. Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

B2. Develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

About this Qualification

The 90 Credit IQ Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Health and Social Care is a knowledge only qualification aimed at the following:

  • Individuals with an interest in health and social care
  • Individuals who intend to work within a health and social care setting
  • Individuals who are currently working within a health and social care setting
  • Individuals unable to adhere to the demands of a competency based health and social care apprenticeship
     

The qualification content is applicable to a wide variety of health and social care job roles, including but not limited to; residential settings, primary care environments, day services, personal assistance and domiciliary services. It provides learners with formal recognition of their health and social care knowledge.

In the seven mandatory units, all learners will cover content general to the full range of health and social care career paths. The purpose behind this is to increase the possible breadth of knowledge application, post successful qualification attainment, thereby permitting the greatest degree of career flexibility without additional qualification requirements. The mandatory content includes health and social care facing principles of; Health, Safety and Infection Control, Person-Centred Care, Communication, Safeguarding and Duty of Care, Equality, Diversity and Rights, Teamwork and Multidisciplinary Working and Record Keeping.

The seven optional units provide learners with the opportunity to choose those areas relevant to their particular setting/area of interest, thereby tailoring the qualification to individual needs. The optional content includes health and social care facing principles of; Medication Handling and Awareness, Behaviour that Challenges and Positive Behavioural Support, Dementia Care, End of Life Care, Caring for Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Learning Disability Care and Epilepsy Care.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Structure

Rules of Combination: To achieve this 90 credit knowledge only qualification, learners must successfully complete the seven mandatory units (totalling 70 credits) and optional units totalling a minimum of 20 credits. 

IQ Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Health and Social Care

Assessment

Each unit within this knowledge only qualification is assessed via an externally set, internally marked and verified and quality assured by IQ workbook.

All assessment criteria of the selected units must be met in order to achieve the qualification. Additional guidance can be found in the assessment guidance section of each unit. This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Additional Requirements:

1. English Language Competency 

It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that each learner is sufficiently competent in the use of the English language up to and including Level 2. Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient language skills before putting the learners forward and retain evidence of this for quality assurance purposes.

  • Contribution to Workbook:
     

Centres are required to confirm the English language competency of each learner within the relevant section of their workbook. 

2. Photo ID

It is the centres responsibility to check the learners’ identity. A copy of the learner’s photo identification, checked and countersigned by the tutor or assessor, must be retained securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act for quality assurance purposes.

  • Contribution to Workbook:
     

Centres are required to attach a countersigned copy of the learner’s photo identification within the relevant section of their workbook.

3. Learner Interview and Identification Check

A learner interview and identification check must be carried out once the learner’s workbook has been marked. The learner interview must be conducted by an independent* trainer, assessor or internal verifier (IV).

*Independent: A member of staff with no other involvement in the training or assessment of the learner at hand.

The interview must be carried out face-face or using video conference, which allows the interviewer to see the interviewee and check their identification, and recorded using video recording facilities. The interviewer must have the learner’s workbook available during the interview. The interviewer must prepare at least two questions per unit contained within the workbook. These questions must adhere to the content of the completed units within the workbook and will confirm that the learner does indeed understand the subject matter and claim authorship.

To ensure the person being interviewed is the named learner, the learner must show a valid form of photo ID to the interviewer and to the video camera. The interviewer must also confirm their name and position within the centre to the video camera. Video evidence of each interview must be maintained securely, at the centre, for a minimum of three years for quality assurance purposes.

*IQ reserves the right to attend and/or lead selected learner interviews.

  • Contribution to Workbook:
     

Centres are required to include a written record of the learner’s interview within the relevant section of their workbook.

4. Plagiarism Check 

 For all learners, the completed and marked workbook must be run through a valid plagiarism checker (e.g. Turnitin) by a member of staff. To assist with this process, we recommend that the learner types their answers into the workbook. Alternatively, if handwritten, workbooks must either be transcribed or a software package used to transfer handwritten content to typed text.

A software generated plagiarism report must be generated for each workbook with clearly identified/ documented percentage similarity. This report must be attached to the learners workbook alongside an interpretation of the result (suspected plagiarism or not) written by an appropriate member of staff.

Reports pertaining to the analysis of plagiarism must be maintained securely, at the centre, for a minimum of three years for quality assurance purposes. It is the responsibility of the centre to ensure the authenticity of all submitted work

Plagiarism is not permitted and if detected will lead to a zero mark and possible suspension from IQ registration.

  • Contribution to Workbook:
     

Centres are required to include a written interpretation of the plagiarism report (suspected plagiarism or not) within the relevant section of the workbook.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above and provide evidence to confirm this ability. Centres must ensure that learners have sufficient language skills before putting the learners forward and retain evidence of this for quality assurance purposes.

Tutor Requirements

RoleRequirements
Trainer
  • An appropriate teaching qualification such as the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, PTLLS, DTLLS etc. AND
  • A minimum of three years' experience within the sector (OR) qualifications in health and social care at level 4 or above AND
  • Relevant CPD
Assessor
  • Requirements identical to those of trainer (above)
OR
  • A formal assessing qualification such as the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement etc. (OR) to be working towards a relevant assessing qualification, including those listed previously* AND 
  • A minimum of three years' experience within the sector (OR) qualifications in health and social care at level 4 or above AND
  • Relevant CPD 
Internal Verifier (IV)
  • Requirements identical to those of trainer (above) AND
  • An IV qualification such as the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, the Level 4 Certificate  in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice etc. (OR) to be working towards a relevant IV qualification, including those listed previously*

*Those tutors who are working towards a specific, role essential qualification must be supervised by a member of staff who does hold the relevant qualification. Those assigned any one of the above three roles may fulfil no other tutor role, besides that of their primary function, at any one time.  

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification and be able to provide the learner with all necessary equipment, facilities and resources required to enable completion of this qualification. Centres must have access to a valid plagiarism checker (e.g. Turnitin) and possess adequate video recording and file storage facilities. 

 

 

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