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Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

This qualification is suitable for you if you are an adult returning to work, or if you are undergoing a career change. You would take this qualification as part of a learning programme to increase your knowledge and understanding of the adult social care sector, or if you are working towards a career in this sector in a supervised job role. This qualification is ideal for you if you have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care qualification, as you will already have a basic understanding of the unit subject matter. Undertaking the Level 3 Certificate will allow you to build on this knowledge and understanding further. As this qualification is knowledge only, you do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take this qualification.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to meet the following eligibility criteria for funding purposes:

  • 19+ Years old.
  • EU/UK Citizen 3 years or more.
  • Must not be enrolled onto a current apprenticeship.
Assessment Method

You will complete a series of assessments within a set time-frame which will be marked by a qualified assessor these will produce the relevant evidence to meet the requirements for the awarding body. On successful completion you will be awarded a nationally recognised level 2 qualification.

Progression Opportunities

Further your personal development. Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England. Level 2 or 3 Certificate in preparing to work in Adult Social Care. Level 2 or 3 Certificate for working in the Health Sector. Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care. Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support).

Study Methods

As this course is undertaken by distance learning, there is no need to attend the college and you can study at a time that suits you. You will receive a set of comprehensive learning materials on your subject, and have access to a knowledgeable tutor and assessor who will support you throughout the programme.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.