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Health and Social Care Studies Level 3

Health and Social Care - Level 3

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About this course
  • Course Length - 12 Months
  • Award Received - Level 3 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Course Code: MNH12
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About this course

This distance learning Health and Social Care course will give you an extensive foundation of knowledge to enable you to progress if you are thinking of entering a career in the care sector or if you are already engaged in relevant work.

Course Description

This distance learning course in Health and Social Care is for those who have an interest in Health and Social Care. Whether you have a goal to work as a nurse, social worker, health visitor or even as a paramedic, this course can provide you with the right stepping stone. Covering many of the important issues faced in the helping professions, this course provides one of the first steps to your success.

Course Content

Human Development and Growth

  • What is growth?
  • What is development?
  • Maturationist Theory
  • Constructive Theory
  • Environmentalist Theory
  • Life expectancy
  • Mortality rates

Ill Health

  • Breast Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Alzheimers
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Downs Syndrome


  • Lysergic acid diethylamide
  • Amanita muscaria
  • Speed
  • Poppers
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Tranquilisers
  • Cannabis
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • Cocaine
  • Tobacco
  • Addiction


  • Effects of drinking
  • Cheap alcohol
  • Protecting profits
  • Drinking culture


  • Guideline Daily Amount
  • Girls
  • Boys

Eating Disorders

  • What are eating disorders?
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Binge eating disorder

Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Atypical depression
  • Unspecified depression
  • Post-natal depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder

Personality disorders

  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal
  • Anti-social disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder


  • Staying safe
  • Abuse and the Law
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill 2003
  • Rights of victims
  • Injunctions
  • Court orders

Social Care

  • Care plans
  • Barriers to care


  • NHS and Community Care Act 1990
  • The Mental Health Act
  • Sections
  • The Human Rights Act
  • The Mental Capacity Act
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Court of protection
  • Public Guardian
  • The Children Act 1989
  • The Children Act 2004
  • Childcare Act 2006
  • Race Relations Act 1976

The National Health Services

  • Timeline of the NHS
  • Roles in the NHS
  • General Practitioners
  • Gynaecologists and Obstetricians
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Nurse
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse
  • Social worker
  • Accident and Emergency
  • Minor injuries units
  • NHS walk-in centres

Social Services

  • Families
  • Communities
  • Organisations


  • Permanent fostering
  • Short term fostering
  • Respite placements
  • Shared care

Child Care

  • The National Curriculum
  • Office for Standards in Education 
Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

Method Of Study
  • The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
  •  You will get full tutor support via email
  •  You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors    
  •  You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
  • Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
  • You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor
Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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