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NCFE/​CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes

Key course information

Health and Social Care


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

The purpose of this qualification is to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of diabetes.By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge of diabetes which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector.The course is split into four mandatory units:Understand diabetes In this unit, learners will gain an understanding of diabetes as a metabolic disease; the types, causes, signs and symptoms, and associated anatomy and normal physiology.Diabetes in context In this unit, learners will gain an understanding of the wider context of diabetes and its consequences for society, the individual, their family and friends.Understand the treatment and management of diabetes In this unit, learners will gain understanding of the treatment and management of diabetes. They will also consider the benefits of a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle and the role of, and sources of, support.Understand the complications of diabetes In this unit, learners will gain a detailed understanding of the range of common complications of diabetes and the consequences on physical health for the individual.To achieve the certificate for this course, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units. Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period.Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement with each unit. On completion of each unit, candidates must declare that the work produced is their own.

What will I learn?

The objective of this qualification is to gain knowledge and understanding of:
• the types, causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes
• anatomy and physiology
• the impact of diabetes on individuals, others and society
• the treatment and management of diabetes
• common complications of diabetes.

Entry Requirements

• Learners must be aged 19 years or over on 1st April 2021.
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• In order to be eligible to complete this course for free, Learners must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. four AS Levels or two A Levels etc). If Wiltshire College and University Centre are not able to obtain government funding, then Learners will be expected to pay a course fee of £811 or Learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• Learners must not be completing any other funded courses such as an Apprenticeship or any other NCFE course.
• Learners can only complete one Level 3 qualification for free.
• Learners who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and wish to complete this course can do so for a fee of £811 or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• You can check your eligibility by contacting

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.

This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.

Additional Costs and Information

• This course is free (entry requirements apply) however, there is a £200 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• There are not any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification; however, learners might find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a health or health and social care related area.
• The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support • Access to HE Diploma (Health) • Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care Professions) • Access to HE Diploma (Nursing and Healthcare Professions)

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