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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

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Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C (equivalent) or above, including English Language and Maths/Science
  • A Merit/Distinction in a relevant Level 2 course – such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care – with GCSE English at grade 4 or above

Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS-checked.

Course Content

You will study units such as:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Development through Life Stages
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Values and Planning in Social Care

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

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.



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