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York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

Duration

One year for each level.

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

What will I study?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and 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 students to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit a student’s 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 the student's 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
  • Hospital
  • Specialised Voluntary Groups

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 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.

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.

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

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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