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York College

Entry requirements

For general entry requirement guidance please follow this link.

More detailed entry requirement information will be available in due course.


One year for each level.

In the first year you will study the Subsidiary Diploma. On successful completion you will continue onto the second year to complete the Extended Diploma, following a progression interview.

What will I study?

Units you will study include:

Subsidiary Diploma:

  • Working in Social Care
  • Working in Health Care
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Caring for Older People
  • Life Stages
  • Additional Needs

Extended Diploma:

  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Health Education
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

These programmes are designed to provide you with an understanding of the many and varied aspects of health and social care services. This Level 3 course provides a grounding that can be used to access higher education, further training or employment within the sector. It is equivalent to three A Levels and is achieved by studying 180 credits in total over two years.

Also included are visits, guest speakers, career preparation events and either experience of work or compulsory work placement.

Please note it is not possible to take an A Level alongside this programme.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed through assignments and coursework, and are graded by Pass, Merit and Distinction. All assignments must gain a minimum of a Pass mark in order to gain an overall Pass mark for the course.

What could it lead to?

Higher education and degree courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Teaching and many more higher education courses. Merit and Distinction grades must be achieved to progress to higher education.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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