OverviewThe Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is the equivalent of 3 A Levels (maximum 420 UCAS points). You will learn through taught classes and activities, individual study, work experience and possibly a residential visit.
All candidates must be committed to working in the Health and Social Care Sector, be caring, creative and energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.
Applicants will need 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science, or a Higher Diploma (which is equivalent to 7 GCSE’s A*-C), or NVQ 2 or Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care to Merit grade with ideally English and/or Maths at minimum grade or equivalent (such as Level 2 Functional Skills).
We would also take into account prior experience and general suitability for working in this sector. All applicants must have a successful interview and a satisfactory reference. You should also have a positive work experience report to start on Level 3.
To work with children (under 18) and vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). The college will arrange this for you but if your course is not fully funded (i.e. you are not 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay. The estimated cost of the DBS check is £51.50. Full details regarding payment and documents required will be provided prior to enrolment.
Due to Statutory Guidance, if you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household. This will be discussed further with you at your interview.
Assesment TypesYou will be assessed through case studies, controlled assessment, course work, two exams and 250 hours of work placement.
Over two years you will study approximately 13 units where there are two externally set exams and one controlled assessment. These may include:
- Human life span (exam)
- Working in Health and Social Care setting (exam)
- Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care
- Enquiries into current research (externally set assessment)
- Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care
- Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
- Infection prevention and control in Health and Social Care
- Personal and professional development in Health and Social Care
- Protection of children, young people and adults in Health and Social Care
- Dementia awareness
Benefits/SkillsYou will develop skills to care for others and the responsibilities of working as a professional in a caring environment.
Careers/ProgressionAdvice on careers and further study will be given during the course. After successful completion of the course, students may progress to Higher Education to study subjects such as Social Policy, Psychology or Sociology. They may also wish to progress onto vocational degrees such as Nursing, Social work, Radiography, Occupational Therapy or Youth and Community Work, or seek relevant employment in care work.