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Health and Social Care Level 3

Course title: Health and Social Care Level 3 Course level: Level 3
Qualification: Extended Diploma Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2018 - 2019
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: Two years
Venue: Broad Oak Campus


The Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care has been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

This qualification covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Extended Diploma includes a wide range of optional units, allowing learners to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit a learner’s preferred progression path.

This qualification is a good choice for you if you are looking to progress to Higher Education in a related field of study.

It is also ideal if you have previous experience or qualifications in this subject area and want to further your studies at undergraduate level.

You will do 175 hours of placement in a real work environment.

Modules and units

You will need to complete 14 mandatory units and four optional units to achieve this qualification. The mandatory units are:

  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Empowerment in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Personal and professional development
  • Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Reflective practice
  • Research skills for health and social care
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 and above, including English and maths.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

How will I be assessed?

Completion of this qualification is achieved through classroom-based learning and supported by placement in a real work environment. You will be required to undertake structured placement in a real work environment to support your learning and develop knowledge and skills relevant to the qualification. There is a minimum requirement of 175 placement hours Portfolio of evidence; two extended assessments (one covering the ‘core mandatory’ units and one covering the ‘Diploma mandatory units) and one external assessment short answer.

Progression and employment

Achievement of the Extended Diploma supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.

These qualifications do not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a wide range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  • Care support workers in adult residential settings
  • Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
  • Community-based support workers
  • Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments.

How much will the course cost me?

This course is free of charge for 16 – 18 year olds. There may be an additional cost for trips and equipment but this will be disclosed prior to starting your course.

How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.

Additional and key information

If you have any queries please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01254 354354 or email

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