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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma with Social Care Industry Placement

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

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One of two pathways on the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, this programme provides you with a practical, work-related industry placement in a Social Care setting. For a more clinical-focused Health and Social Care programme with NHS industry placements, follow the links below.

For an overview on how the two pathways differ and what each potential career can offer, check out our clinical health course with NHS industry placements.

Working in social care

What is social care? Social care is providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives to the fullest. For various reasons, and at different stages in their lives, some people will need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people.

You could help people in their own homes, in residential homes, or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing. You'll support people with their non-clinical needs, although there is an important crossover between working in clinical health and working in social care.



Because of the increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is growing and the sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.






The social care pathway

Enter the field of health and social care with the practical, work-related, Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care with an Industry Placement in a social care setting. The placement is for two days a week with a local employer.
This programme is a mix of college-based study, training in simulated environments, some mandatory training at the start of your placement, work experience in your first year and a two day per week social care industry placement in your second year.

Potential placements in Reading:

We would like to extend our thanks to the following employers supporting this pathway and hosting industry placements in 2019/20.

  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
  • BUPA
  • Shinfield View Care Home
  • Hallmark Care Homes
  • Addington Community Special School
  • Brookfields Special School
  • St Lukes Care Home
  • Coffee and Craft Reading Voluntary Action
  • Mencap
  • The Boltons Care Home
  • Pembroke Care, Care Home
  • The avenue School Special Needs Academy
  • Dingley Promise Early Years Specilaist
  • Jasmin House Nursing home
  • High close school
  • North Court Lodge Nursing Home
  • Milkwood care Ltd Care Homes
  • Priory School
  • Bishopswood Community Special School
  • Sandhurst
  • My Home Care Agency
  • Bespoke Care Home Services
  • Greenfield House Resource Centre
  • Cleeve Lodge Care Home
  • Lyndhurst Residential Home
  • Boots Pharmacy
  • Alexandra GrangeCare Home
  • Sanctuary Care Willow Gardens Residential Care Home
  • PHAB Inclusion for families and young people with Disabilities
  • Stepping stones Day Service
  • Purely Park Trust-Care services
  • Park Day Nursery
  • Lakeside Residential Care Home
  • Indian Community Centre
  • Real Care + Ltd Care Agency
  • Oxford Road Community School
  • Barn Owl Nursery
  • Norcot Early Years Centre
  • Manor Green School
  • Argyles Care Home
  • The Wigwam Day Nursery
  • Battle Primary Academy
  • Kennet Day Nursery
  • The Ways and Means Trust Reading Voluntary Action
  • Blagdon Nursery School and Children’s Centre
  • Voyage Care Disability and Autisim Support
  • Lord Harris Court Care Home
  • High Close School
  • Kingsley Chainreaction Day and Care Centres

Many students secured jobs with good prospects through these placements.

Examples of the roles you could progress to are:

Click on the job titles above for more information on the roles, or for other careers in social care, visit the Skills for Care website.

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 social work, social-care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to social care.

Throughout this course you will learn the necessary knowledge and skills needed to be successful in a career in the social 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.


How I'll learn

This is a two-year programme that includes a minimum of 45 days industry placement.

The purpose of these placements is two fold:

  • You gain practical, real-life experience of working in your desired profession and gain practical, hands-on knowledge to help you graduate from the programme
  • You build relationships with potential colleagues and employers; it helps you get your foot in the door at your desired workplace


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 a Merit at Vocational Level 2 in a related subject, including English language and maths.

If you don’t meet the required entry standard, don’t worry, we have other Health and Social care courses for you.

Positive references and a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for all Health and Social Care courses.


How to Apply

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

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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). 
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.