Health Social Care & Early Years

Foundation/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Level 3

Please note that the full time option for this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

However, if you’re an adult aged over 19, why not consider one of our part-time courses?

Course overview

Are you interested in a career in caring? Could you see yourself working with both adults and children? Would you like to become a midwife? This course could provide you with the knowledge and expertise to do so. In your first year you will study the 90 Credit Diploma and, upon successful completion of this, you will progress to your second year, where you will complete your Extended Diploma. Our course will take your learning to an advanced level and help you gain a new perspective on a range of health and social care issues.

If you are keen to develop a career in this area and are thinking of going to university, then this is the course for you. Our course will help you explore a range of exciting health and social care issues through classroom study, group discussion and project work. You will also attend a work placement for at least one day a week.

Please note that this course is predominantly aimed at 16 to 19 year olds.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs (A*-C or Grade 4/5 and above) including English and maths. Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a relevant Level 2 qualification. Entry is subject to a satisfactory reference and interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. Students will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure they are on the correct level.

You will also need to complete a DBS check, attend an interview and provide satisfactory references.

Course Modules

Developing Effective Communication
Equality, Diversity & Rights
Health and Safety and Security
Anatomy & Physiology
Development through the Life Stages
Exploring Personal and Professional Development

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through a variety of methods including assignments, practical assessments, case studies and presentations. You will also be observed in the workplace, and evidence from your work placements are integral to the assessment process.

You must complete over 200 work placement hours to complete the course.

What can I do next

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Level 3 will enable you to work in a variety of roles, such as a healthcare assistant within the NHS, a carer within elderly care and residential care, or a support worker for people with learning disabilities. It will also equip you to study for a degree in nursing (adult, child and mental health), midwifery, social work, occupational therapy and more.