Health & Social Care Certificate/Extended Diploma (VRQ) Level 3
Students on this programme will study towards a Certificate or Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. The course is equivalent to 3 AS Levels over one year for the Level 3 Certificate. After successful completion of this year and a progression interview, it is possible to continue onto a second year to gain the Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This course would be suitable for anyone interested in studying in health or social care subjects at university or a higher level.
4 or 5 GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths.
What will I study?
The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care has been designed to enable students 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 you to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, whilst still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit your preferred progression path. This qualification promotes high quality care and support and has been mapped to the standards within the Care Certificate.
Placement is a crucial element of your journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings which could support you:
- Adult residential care home
- Nursing home
- Day centre
- Children's centre
- Health centre
- Supported/Sheltered accommodation
- Domiciliary/Community care
- Respite care
- Residential schools
- Assessment centre
- Special schools
- Specialised voluntary groups
Also included are visits, guest speakers, career preparation events and either experience of work or compulsory.
You will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the course, for which there will be a charge. There is an optional cost to purchase the course textbook.
Method of delivery
Your studies will be across three full days per week. These will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience practical sessions in our simulation care unit. Your studies will have a combination of 30% online learning and 70% face to face on site, with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking simulated practical activities.
Our methods of delivery will include delivery to large groups of students online, accompanied by workshops, tutorials, some independent studies, problem solving and work-based learning. You will also undertake a substantial work experience in a health care setting relevant to your studies.
How will I be assessed?
All units are assessed through a portfolio of evidence and one extended assessment. All portfolio evidence is internally assessed and externally moderated. The extended assessment is externally set and externally moderated. Your work will be graded within the range A* - D.
Good course combinations
This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.
Your next steps
Higher education and degree courses such as nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social work, teaching and many more higher education courses.
Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Health Care Practice or advanced/higher apprenticeships.
Or the Diploma 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
- Healthcare Assistants in community, primary care and acute health environment
- Care Support Workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
- Community-based Support Worker
“I progressed from another Health & Social Care course as I enjoyed everything I had learnt. The wide range of topics means there are parts of this course everyone will enjoy.”