Extended Diploma

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.

Extended Certificate

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

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

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