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.

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

It can lead to university or employment in the health and social care sector, including care, social services, young people’s workforce and childcare.

The course is made up of 8 mandatory units, 5 optional units and two externally assessed exams.

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.

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.

Upon successful completion of this course you'll be awarded the Subsidiary Diploma or the Extended Diploma depending on how far you progressed through the course. This will allow you to progress on to further study or seek employment in the health or care sector. Possible careers include: nursing, midwifery, social work, social care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to medicine.


How I'll learn

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

You will 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 will 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

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English language and maths or Distinction at Vocational Level 2 in a related subject.

If you do not have a grade C/4 in GCSE maths you will be required to be working towards achieving this alongside your course.

Positive references and a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this course.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

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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). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

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.