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.