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This course will prepare you to work in a variety of health and social care careers or healthcare settings such as a hospital, residential home, social services or early years setting. You will develop specific skills and knowledge relevant to the sector as well as transferable skills useful for any workplace

You will be encouraged and supported to get work experience in a health and social care setting that will give you greater understanding of topics you learn about in the classroom and demonstrate to future employers evidence of your abilities. If you choose the Extended Diploma option you will complete a work placement.

You can work towards an Extended Certificate or Extended Diploma:

The Extended Certificate can be studied alongside two other subjects. It is equivalent to 1 A Level and holds the same UCAS point tariff. It combines particularly well with subjects like Biology, Law, Sociology, English, History, Sport, Languages and Psychology.

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels and a good option if you already know that you plan to progress into Health and Social Care related degree, employment or Apprenticeship. You will not study additional subjects within your core Study Programme.

You will study the following topics:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care

The Extended Diploma is ideally suited for anyone wishing to work in the health and social care professions, such as Social Work, Midwifery, Nursing, Paramedic Science and many more.

You will study the following topics:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing
  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Coordinator will support you to secure your placement and we have excellent links with local care providers. You will be able to base your work on a number of different environments including health centres, residential homes, schools, nurseries and hospital departments.

Before you start your placement, you will be required to undergo a police background check. This will enable you to experience supporting service users from children to older people, adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues as well as people who have health conditions. We work with a wide range of health and social care organisations and professionals and many of our students are offered part time work as a result of these experiences.

What progression routes are available?

You can progress onto university to study for a degree in Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, Primary Teaching, Speech and Language Therapy and a range of registered professions. Alternatively you can begin an Apprenticeship or employment in a health and care setting.

How is the course assessed?

The Extended Certificate includes an exam in each year and 2 internally assessed units (coursework). The Extended Diploma includes 2 exams in Year 1, 1 exam and 1 controlled assessment in Year 2 and 9 internally assessed units (coursework).


Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

You will be required to have a DBS check to allow you to participate in work placements on the Extended Diploma. We can discuss this process with you at your Advice and Guidance session following your application to Huish.

Health and Social Care Extended Diploma has enabled me to understand the world around me and the roles of health and social care practitioners. This course has also made me more confident with what I want to do in the future. I have gained a really good understanding of how to work in a health and social care environment because of our work placement. I enjoy this course because it has a good mixture of exams and course work and a good range of subjects. But the main benefiting factor is the experience I have gained from the course because of our work placement and hands on subjects.

Aidan Sinnott, Health & Social Care Extended Diploma student

I have always wanted to be a paramedic so I chose to do a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. I chose this course because I liked the fact it is a mixture of exams and coursework. This doesn’t mean it is an easy course but I think it makes it more manageable.

Another aspect of the course that made me choose it was the placements. Experience is so important and it has opened my eyes to other carer options that I hadn’t considered before. On this course you need to be organised to keep on top of the work load and have good communication skills to be able to get the most out of placements. The teachers provide good support and make sure that you are on track with the work. They also ask about your future plans and make suggestions on what you could be doing to achieve your goals

Sophie Butcher, Health & Social Care Extended Diploma student

Over my time I have gone through several subjects before I found the best subjects that suit me. With Health and Social Care, I have really enjoyed the subject and I chose the subject because of the future job I want to go into. The work experience days have been really good and you get other chances to do weekly courses. I have had much support from my current teachers and additional support. This subject has taught me many new things which are useful in many job areas.

Will Grant, Health & Social Care student