National Qualifications

Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing

Course Aims

The SEG Awards Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing is a nationally recognised qualification. It prepares learners for a role in social prescribing and provides those already working in this area with a deeper level of knowledge and understanding.

The content is based on key areas related to social prescribing environments, including delivering community-based solutions, offering vulnerable adults holistic support, managing caseloads and measuring outcomes to improve support mechanisms.

Qualification Objective

The SEG Awards Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing is aimed primarily at those working within or looking to move to a role where elements of social prescribing are used as part of their work. This includes areas such as healthcare, local government and the voluntary and community sector. It will enable learners to broaden their skills and knowledge in social health and well-being work and to support individuals to access services in the community that are appropriate to their needs.

The qualification will be awarded to learners who successfully achieve all four of the mandatory units and three out of the five optional units within the qualification, under the Rules of Combination, by meeting the specified Assessment Criteria.

  • To achieve this qualification the learner must complete 21 credits; 12 credits from the mandatory group and a further 9 credits from the optional group.
  • You will need to gather a portfolio of evidence, made up of group work tasks, assignments, personal reflections, case studies and research.
  • For each module there will be a workbook and study tasks to help you achieve this.
  • It would be advantageous if you have some personal work experience to draw on, but it’s not essential for this course.
  • Your work will be assessed and internally moderated to ensure you meet all the assessment criteria laid down by the awarding body, to receive your final qualification and certificate from SEG Awards.

About the Qualification

The Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing qualification covers the following 4 mandatory units:

  • Delivering community-based solutions through social prescribing
  • Measuring outcomes and improving support mechanisms
  • Structures and cultures within communities
  • The principles and theory of social prescribing

You will need to take a further 3 of the following 5 optional units:

  • Managing caseloads within a social prescribing environment
  • Micro-commissioning for social prescribing
  • Motivational interviewing skills to support vulnerable adults
  • Supervision and Professional Support Working with vulnerable adults to provide holistic support

Need 2 Succeed has been working with partners such as Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) in South London, to enable them to reach communities who would benefit most from their training and accredited qualifications.

MVSC currently hosts the Social Prescribing Service for Merton, employing 9 Social Prescribing Link Workers. They have the unique offer of being based at the heart of the voluntary and community sector, with vast knowledge and database of agencies to refer clients to.

Need 2 Succeed has used this expertise to test this qualification and to develop a programme best suited to the needs of community-based Link Workers.

  • Course Length

    This qualification takes 4-6 months to complete and is delivered through 8 (biweekly) classroom-based teaching days, online e-portfolio, independent study and assessment of learning. The full qualification is awarded once all units and coursework are completed and passed.

    Each teaching day comprises of a morning session devoted to teaching and learning of the subject topic, with the afternoon given over to an Action Learning Set. This allows for guest speakers, tutorial on work to be completed and learner case study presentations to explore best practice.

    • Day 1 Induction (Half Day)
    • Day 2 (The Principles and theory of Social Prescribing)
    • Day 3 (Structures and Cultures within communities)
    • Day 4 (Delivering community-based solutions through social prescribing)
    • Day 5 (Managing caseloads within a social prescribing environment)
    • Day 6 (Working with vulnerable adults to provide holistic support)
    • Day 7 (Motivational interviewing skills to support vulnerable adults)
    • Day 8 (Measuring outcomes and improving support mechanisms)
    • Day 9 Portfolio workshop and final sign off (Half Day)
  • Course Cost

    The cost of the full programme is £1375 per person, which includes all fees, registration costs, access to all learning resources, e-portfolio and assessments materials and tasks.

    If needed, we can arrange for training to take place in other areas of the UK, and will also offer discounts on large group numbers. Contact us for more details

  • Eligibility

    There are no formal qualification requirements but participants must be aged 18 and over, with the ability to study at level 3 (E.g. GCSE in English & Maths at C  or Grade 4 and above). An initial assessment will be required at the start of the programme and a learning adviser will discuss this in more detail with you.


Course Fees

*Funding Available (Regional).

Course Duration

6-12 months

Course Delivery

Classroom-Based/Blended/Distance Learning
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