Level 3 Diploma in Understanding Stroke Care

Level 3 Diploma in Understanding Stroke Care

Level 3 Diploma in Understanding Stroke Care

Many service users that health and social care workers care for may have had a stroke – or, more correctly, a cerebrovascular accident. It is important to know the causes and effects of the condition to provide quality care. 

In this course, learners will examine the types of cerebrovascular accident (CVA), and the symptoms displayed, including mobility and speech and swallowing problems. They will also cover the diagnostic tools utilised when identifying the cause of the CVA.

Learners will look at acute care's role in maximising a positive outcome and the longer-term treatment supplied by the rehabilitation team. They will examine the measures that could reduce the incidence of CVA and look at the support available for both those following a CVA and their family. This will include aids to communication and the benefit of specialised stroke units in achieving positive outcomes.


Learning Objectives

In this course, you will be able to 


Understand the causes and effects of cerebrovascular accident (CVA):
• Overview of cerebrovascular accidents, definition, prevalence etc.
• Types of CVA (Haemorrhagic and Ischaemic)
• Basic physiology associated with the two types of CVA
• Signs and symptoms of CVA left-sided versus right-sided
• Mobility problems, paralysis, speech problems (dysphasia/ Aphasia), swallowing problems.
• Health education in terms of recognising a stroke, F.A.S.T.
• Effects of a CVA on individuals.

Examine the risk factors associated with a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and common investigations associated with diagnosis:
• Risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation etc.) and reducing prevalence, health education messages (normalising BP, reducing cholesterol, healthy diet, exercise, stopping smoking, drinking in moderation) and links to risk factors
• Role of medication
• Diagnostic tools used in suspected CVA (blood tests, carotid ultrasound, CT scan, ECG etc.).
• Strengths and weaknesses.

Understand the treatment and support available for service users following a CVA and their families:
• Acute care - what does research and clinical guidelines say about best practice?
• Long-term rehabilitation, roles of the rehabilitation team, treatment interventions, aids and adaptations
• Role of specialised stroke units, evidence of impact on outcomes
• Support available for those post CVA and their families
• Quality of life issues.


Assessment Method

The assessment method of this course is assignment only. 


How will you study?

Our learning portal will be available to you study 24/7. You can use your Desktop Computer, Laptop, Mobile or Tablet anytime in a flexible way to study entirely online. After login into your online learning portal, you will study in a structured way - read books/resources online and write your assignments with full study support to complete the whole qualification.


Results and Certificate

Learners will complete only one unit and several topics. At the end of the course, you will achieve credits that can be counted towards a similar level higher credits qualification. You will achieve a Certificate of Achievement to confirm your achievement.


Who is this course for?

This course is for someone who is new to health and social care or wants to study for continuing professional development (CPD) or progress to the higher-level course in the same subject area.



No entry requirements; anyone can join.


Career Paths

The programme's rationale is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their care capabilities within the health and social care sector. The primary employment areas are healthcare worker, social worker, health care assistant, charity, health administrator etc. You will also progress to Level 3 or Level 4 qualification.



  1. Study Planner - Understanding Stroke Care

  2. Understanding Stroke Care

    Learners will look at the role of acute care in maximising a positive outcome and the longer-term treatment supplied by the rehabilitation team. Measures that could reduce the incidence of CVA will be examined as well as looking at the support available for both those following a CVA and their family. Aids to communication will be covered. The benefit of specialised Stroke units in positive outcomes will be discussed.

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