Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Get a broad introduction to the field of health and social care on the practical, work-related Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

The course features projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, and it gives you a significant amount of supervised work experience.

What I'll learn

Get a broad introduction to the field of health and social care through projects and assignments
based on realistic workplace situations and supervised work experience.

At the end of the course you may decide to go directly into work or you could enter higher education. Possible careers include nursing, midwifery, social work, social care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to medicine.

Throughout this course you will learn the necessary knowledge and skills that you will need in order to be successful in a career in the care sector. You will learn about the various care settings, as well as get a chance to apply all you've learnt during the course into a practical setting during your work experience.
Initially in year one you will study for a Subsidiary Diploma.


How I'll learn

You gain functional skills first aid and sensory skills for care workers qualifications and around 800 hours of experience care placements.

You cover 18 units across the two years - nine core units and nine specialist units. The core units include key topics such as equality, diversity and rights, communication and supportive skills, research and vocational practice.

The specialist units cover specific topics such as lifespan, development, anatomy and physiology, care planning and sociology of health in greater detail.

You also do short certificated courses such as first aid, sensory awareness and counselling skills to enhance your professional and personal development.


How I'll be assessed

All units are internally assessed and graded. A selected sample are externally assessed and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end of the course.

You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities.

Work placements in health and care settings are essential to the course and provide valuable links between theory and practice.


Entry Requirements

You are required to have a minimum of grades 4 or above (A* to C) in 5 GCSE subjects including English language and maths.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.