Diploma in Health and Social Care

The Diploma in Health and Social Care is the new equivalent of the NVQ and is now available at levels 2 and 3.

The Diploma in Health and Social Care is made up of mandatory and optional units with accompanying rules of combination. Each qualification has a credit rating, at least 46 at Level 2, and 58 at Level 3.

The Level 2 & 3 Diploma contains nine mandatory units.

There are a number of pathways towards the Health and Social Care Diploma; Generic, Dementia and a Learning Disability pathway. There are also a number of options within a pathway to enable learners to include the units most relevant to their role.  At the Initial Assessment you will be guided to select the right pathway for you.

The Standards vary from country to country within the UK so you need to select the right qualification to meet the regulations of the country in which you practice.  You will then need to look at the overview and Rules of Combination to meet the unit and credit requirements of your chosen pathway.


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Level 2 (46 credits)

Learners must achieve a minimum of 46 credits to gain the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. To do this they must achieve:

  • 24 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
    • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
    • The role of the health and social care worker
    • Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
    • Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
    • Handle information in health and social care settings
  • a minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional units in Group B
  • at least 15 credits from the optional units in Group C

Learners claiming a specialist pathway (Dementia or Adults with Learning Disabilities) must achieve some specified units within the credits required in groups B and C. All units must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles and the regulatory arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework.


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Diploma in Health and Social Care:
Level 3 (58 credits)

Learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits to gain the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. To do this they must achieve:

  • 28 credits from the mandatory units in Group A
    • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
    • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
    • The role of the health and social care worker
    • Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
    • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
    • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
  • a minimum of 2 credits and a maximum of 7 credits from the optional units in Group B
  • a minimum of 23 credits from the optional units in Group C

Learners claiming a specialist pathway (Dementia or Adults with Learning Disabilities) must achieve some specified units within the credits required in groups B and C. All units must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles and the  regulatory arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework.