HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
LEVEL: VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA & EXTENDED CERTIFICATE
EXAMINING BOARD: PEARSON EDEXCEL
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2019 (EXTENDED CERTIFICATE)
The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a Vocational study programme which is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. It’s for students who are interested in working in any sort of caring profession. It is an ideal subject if you are thinking about a career that involves working with people in healthcare settings such as a hospital, residential home, social services or early years setting.It can support a higher education application for nursing, midwifery, social work or teaching.
The theoretical element of the study programme will be complimented by work placement, where you will have the opportunity to work with a range of service user groups. This practical experience will enable you to develop your skills in a professional environment. You will be able to base your work on a number of different environments including health centres, residential homes, schools, nurseries and hospital departments. Our work placement coordinator will support you to secure your placement and we have excellent links with local care providers. 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.
Many of our students progress onto university or Apprenticeship programmes, in order to continue their learning and further develop their skills in their chosen field. Others prefer to embark on their careers straight away, using the skills and knowledge learnt on their study programme to make a positive difference to the lives of the service users they support.
You also have the option of studying this course as a one A Level equivalent course, which you can study alongside two additional subjects. Students often study this alongside subjects such as Biology, Law, Sociology, English, History, Psychology etc. Students on this course will often progress to university to study Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, Primary Teaching and Speech and Language Therapy etc.
“I really enjoy the work placements; I have had lots fun and learnt so much.”
Health and Care Vocational Student
The course is assessed using a combination of external exams and internal coursework, and requires you to take part in work placement opportunities to support your understanding of the topics you are learning about. Some of the topics you will study include:
- Human Lifespan Development
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Promoting Public Health
- Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.