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IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England


Qualification Number 600/7004/3
Title IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
Category National
Sector Health & Care
Operational Start Date 07/12/2012
Operational End Date 31/12/2020
Total Units 138 Mandatory Units 129
Min Guided Learning Hours 315 Total Qualification Time 580
Min Age From 16


Registration Fee : £55.00 (excluding VAT) 

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (delivery rates may apply for postage to international centres). 


About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England is a qualification for individuals who work in a health and social care setting. It is applicable to a variety of job roles, including but not limited to residential settings, primary care environments, day services, personal assistance and domiciliary services. As this is a competence-based qualification, it is necessary for learners to already have access to either paid or voluntary work. It provides learners with formal recognition of their competence.

In the mandatory units, all learners will cover the fundamentals of communication, personal development, equality and inclusion, duty of care, safeguarding, health and safety, handling information, person centred approaches and the role of the health and social care worker. The wide-ranging optional units provide learners with the flexibility to choose those areas relevant to their particular setting. Learners can claim endorsed pathways in either Dementia or Adults with Learning Disabilities depending upon their choice of units; those who do not wish to specialise in either of these areas will achieve the Generic Health and Social Care pathway. A table displaying the requirements of each of these three pathways is available in the specification for this qualification. Objectives of the qualification include: preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

The qualification forms the competence component of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care (England) at level 3.


Learners can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) using credits already achieved, as there is an overlap of units.

Unit Structure

Learning Disability Pathway
Common Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:9
 Minimum Credits:28
 A/601/1429Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings3310
 R/601/1436Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings315
 A/601/8574Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care2326
 F/601/8138Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care3643
 J/601/1434Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings3310
 Y/601/1437Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings328
 J/601/9470Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings3216
 Y/601/8145Promote person centred approaches in health and social care3641
 J/601/8576The role of the health and social care worker2214
Learning Disability Mandatory Knowledge UnitMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:4
 K/601/5315Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities2435
Learning Disability Optional Knowledge UnitsMinimum Units:0
 Minimum Credits:0
 H/501/7103Causes and Spread of Infection2220
 R/501/6738Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management2220
 F/503/8704End of life and dementia care3220
 K/601/9493Introduction to personalisation in social care3322
 M/601/7048Principles of self-directed support3326
 H/601/5703Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene2110
 A/601/6274Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health3321
 M/601/7227Principles of supporting young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood3330
 M/502/3146Purpose and principles of Independent Advocacy3425
 F/503/7150Stroke Awareness2328
 L/501/6737The principles of Infection Prevention and Control2330
 A/503/8135Understand Advance Care Planning3325
 F/601/3473Understand Models of Disability3326
 J/601/6150Understand Physical Disability3322
 M/601/3467Understand Sensory Loss3321
 J/503/8137Understand how to support individuals during the last days of life3328
 T/601/5317Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions3328
 J/602/0103Understand mental health problems3314
 F/602/0097Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion3314
 J/601/6293Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities3325
 T/502/7599Understand the Effects of Ageing in Activity Provision3217
 K/601/9199Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach3215
 Y/601/3544Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion3323
 Y/601/6167Understand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury on individuals3328
 J/601/3538Understand the process and experience of dementia3322
 L/601/3539Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia3326
 Y/601/8579Understand theories of relationships and social networks4329
 K/502/7583Understanding and Enabling Assisting and Moving Individuals2428
Learning Disability Mandatory Competence UnitsMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:5
 D/601/7353Promote active support3536
 A/601/7215Support person-centred thinking and planning3541
Learning Disability Optional Competence UnitsMinimum Units:3
 Minimum Credits:18
 Y/501/0598Administer medication to individuals, and monitor the effects3530
 T/504/2216Assess the needs of carers and families3428
 D/601/0676Assist with the transfer of individuals, who misuse substances, between agencies and services316
 K/501/0587Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment3530
 D/601/0662Carry out initial assessments to identify and prioritise the needs of substance misusers3530
 H/504/2194Contribute to effective team working in health and social care or children and young people’s settings3425
 T/601/9027Contribute to raising awareness of health issues3426
 R/502/7576Coordination of Activity Provision in Social Care3535
 R/601/3526Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies3424
 M/602/3187Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people’s work settings5539
 R/601/5180Enable individuals to negotiate environments3534
 L/601/9034Enable individuals with behavioural difficulties to develop strategies to change their behaviour3841
 F/601/4686Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care practice3431
 L/601/8644Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences3535
 H/601/8049Facilitate person centred assessment, planning, implementation and review3645
 Y/602/2339Facilitate the development of effective group practice in health and social care or children and young people’s settings5642
 D/504/6101First Aid Essentials2110
 R/601/7902Gain access to the homes of individuals, deal with emergencies and ensure security on departure2214
 J/601/9968Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan3428
 D/501/0585Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance misusers3424
 A/601/9174Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions4535
 T/601/9738Implement the positive behavioural support model4861
 D/601/9491Implement therapeutic group activities3425
 H/501/0586Increase awareness about drugs, alcohol or other substances with individuals and groups3742
 Y/601/8825Interact with and support individuals using telecommunications3536
 A/502/3148Maintaining the Independent Advocacy relationship3625
 T/602/2574Manage induction in health and social care or children and young people’s settings4321
 Y/503/8644Managing symptoms in end of life care3322
 J/601/8027Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care2426
 D/601/8860Obtain venous blood samples3324
 R/601/8824Prepare environments and resources for use during healthcare activities2320
 A/601/8980Prepare for and carry out extended feeding techniques3427
 M/601/9611Prepare to support individuals within a shared lives arrangement3431
 K/601/3483Promote effective communication with individuals with sensory loss3430
 T/503/2575Promote nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings3432
 F/601/3764Promote positive behaviour3644
 M/601/0682Provide services to those affected by someone else’s substance use3424
 J/601/9601Provide support for individuals within a shared lives arrangement3535
 A/601/8025Provide support for journeys2217
 A/601/9028Provide support to continue recommended therapies3320
 L/601/8028Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life3428
 K/601/9025Provide support to manage pain and discomfort2215
 T/502/3147Providing Independent Advocacy support3625
 M/601/0648Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists3424
 F/502/3149Responding to the advocacy needs of different groups of people3625
 D/501/0599Supply and exchange injecting equipment for individuals3318
 T/601/8282Support Individuals With Specific Communication Needs3535
 K/601/9185Support families in maintaining relationships in their wider social structures3433
 M/601/5817Support families who are affected by Acquired Brain Injury3330
 D/601/5750Support families who have a child with a disability3323
 T/601/9495Support individuals at the end of life3753
 M/601/7907Support individuals during a period of change3429
 F/503/8685Support individuals during the last days of life4533
 J/601/3541Support individuals in the use of assistive technology4432
 R/601/8578Support individuals in their relationships3427
 K/501/0590Support individuals through detoxification programmes3318
 H/601/7905Support individuals to access and manage direct payments4640
 F/601/7927Support individuals to access and use services and facilities3425
 H/601/3546Support individuals to access education, training or employment4431
 K/601/7906Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services3424
 D/504/2226Support individuals to be part of a community3320
 R/601/8581Support individuals to deal with personal relationship problems3426
 H/601/9492Support individuals to develop and run support groups3324
 Y/601/7903Support individuals to live at home3425
 K/601/9963Support individuals to maintain personal hygiene2217
 D/601/7904Support individuals to manage their finances3320
 T/601/7908Support individuals to prepare for and settle in to new home environments3323
 T/504/2202Support individuals to stay safe from harm or abuse3427
 A/601/7909Support individuals who are bereaved3430
 L/601/8143Support individuals who are distressed2321
 A/601/0670Support individuals who are substance users3742
 J/601/8657Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare3325
 M/504/2196Support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions3433
 A/601/5190Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities3431
 J/602/0053Support individuals with self-directed support3535
 K/601/7047Support parents with disabilities3643
 R/504/2224Support people who are providing homes to individuals4640
 L/601/9549Support positive risk taking for individuals3432
 R/601/3543Support the assessment of individuals with sensory loss3322
 M/601/9494Support the development of community partnerships4533
 D/601/3545Support the promotion of awareness of sensory loss3323
 M/503/8133Support the spiritual wellbeing of individuals3326
 F/601/4056Support use of medication in social care settings3540
 F/602/0049Support young people with a disability to make the transition into adulthood3540
 D/503/8645Supporting individuals with loss and grief before death3215
 R/504/2207Supporting infection prevention and control in social care3218
 T/601/0666Test for substance use3530
 Y/601/4693Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia3430
 T/601/9187Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia3326
 Y/503/8689Understand how to provide support when working in end of life care3433
 D/504/2243Understand the factors affecting older people3217
 T/601/8721Undertake agreed pressure area care2430
 R/601/8662Undertake physiological measurements3323
 Y/601/9022Undertake tissue viability risk assessments3326
 J/601/8979Undertake urethral catheterisation processes3428
 H/601/8147Work in partnership with families to support individuals3427
 F/601/9029Work with families, carers and individuals during times of crisis4535
 K/601/6190Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disability3323


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