ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is a 60-credit qualification and is the equivalent level to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a health and social care degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.

At a glance:

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
  • Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the Qualifications catalogue 2017-2018
  • Progression to a bachelor degree at a range of university partners –
  • 600 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
  • Designed with support from universities

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units. 
To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

The Health and Social Care Sector
To develop an understanding of the structure of the health and social care sector, how legislation and codes of practice impact on provision and the importance of multi-disciplinary working.

Academic and Research Skills for Health and Social Care
To develop academic and research skills and the language skills needed to be able to formally present academic research, both in writing and orally.

A Person-Centred Approach to Health and Social Care
To develop an understanding of the importance of a person-centred approach in the health and social care sector and how it is applied in practice in different health and social care settings.

Communication Skills for Health and Social Care
To develop knowledge and understanding of communication in health and social care organisations and to develop personal communication skills.

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Please contact individual universities to confirm if you are eligible to apply for a bachelor degree.

ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)​

Age: 16 +
Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Campus Based

Students can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for the course which is payable when they have completed the course and are earning at least £25,000 per annum.

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Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Undertaking a Level 3, 4, 5, 6 qualification
  • Resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years or more
  • Must be living in England

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Lecturers are highly experienced in their sector and hold recognized and relevant teaching and assessment qualifications.

Individual focus:

Rather than herd all our students into a large lecture theatre and treat them as one mass group we teach in smaller groups (maximum of 30).  This enables the tutors to get to know students individually and quickly ascertain their development so that they can provide extra help where and when necessary.

Value for money:

The College offers significantly lower tuition fees than many other institutions in the Midlands. The average fee per year of a full-time degree at a UK university is £9,250 so the College’s fee of £2,573 is very affordable in comparison.

As our classes are much smaller than many universities you will gain more support and be treated as an individual.

  • Completed admission application form, available here or visit our campus to obtain one.
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Previous education certificates and documents copies
  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you wish to study this programme and how this course will help you in the future)
  • Course fee (if self funding)
  • Interview with the course leader and admission team to discuss your intention to study this programme.