Health and Social Care

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

This course is for those who wish to work in the health or care sectors or to access university.

The course requires you to undertake a range of work placements over two years, and will allow you to begin to develop the skills and qualities needed to become a care professional in roles such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, paramedic training and health and social care work.

This practical course combines work placements with class-based sessions.

You will study 13 units over two years. Among the topics you will cover are:

• Human life span development
• Working in health and social care
• Anatomy and physiology in health and social care
• Enquires into current research in health and social care

Please note that two units per year are assessed by formal examinations.

In year 1 you will work towards the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Health & Social Care, if you achieve this you can progress onto year two and work towards the Extended Diploma. There is a wide variety of optional units in the second year of the study programme.

Progress into either work or higher education courses in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, counselling and social work.
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Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4, including English, maths and science. Alternatively, a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care at Merit, with GCSE English, maths and science.

You will be interviewed and a place on the course is subject to a DBS check and a positive reference. You will need to demonstrate an aptitude for working with vulnerable people.