This vocational course, equivalent to 1.5 A-levels, represents Year 1 of a possible two-year Extended Diploma. It leads to a recognised qualification for entering health and social care professions or for further training such as university courses. Combining academic study and application of theories, it includes a mandatory work placement.
Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS-checked.
You will study units such as:
You will be assessed through coursework with internally set assignments. You are expected to integrate the experience you gain on placement into your assignments. There are no exams.
You need practical, smart clothing and shoes for your placement. For some placements, you may have to purchase a shirt to wear. You must also cover your travel costs to your placement.
If you study for the full two years and achieve the Extended Diploma, it can lead to degree level study at university, with courses in subjects such as Nursing, Paramedic Science or Social Work.
You can pursue your career in the wide-ranging health and social care sector.
Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."
I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.
For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.
These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.