Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


This course is designed to provide you with a variety of skills for the industry. You will be provided with the opportunity to explore health and social care in its broadest context and aims to develop you for successful progression into health and social care related professions.

What will I do?

You will complete a number of different units throughout the two years in college and will also be expected to participate in a minimum of 100 hours of work placement each year.

There is a mixture of study methods employed on the programme, these being lectures, practical exercises, group workshops, and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.

The following areas are covered:

Core units.

  • Communication for Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights for Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe practice in Health and Social Care
  • Human growth and development
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care

Specialist Units.

  • Partnership working
  • Health Education
  • Dementia awareness
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care

The course will include role plays, presentations, group work and the completion of practical tasks.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma are four GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English Language or Maths.

If you do not hold a GCSE in Maths or English you will work towards completing this within a year of study.

It is essential for all learners to have an enhanced DBS check before they can go into any Health and Social Care setting. You must be aware that if you have received a caution, reprimand or conviction it may prohibit you from enrolling on a Health and Social Care programme and gaining employment within the sector.

The Health and Social Care Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete.

You will attend both College and your work placement setting.

The Health and Social Care Diploma is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £4670.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218 or email your query to

Please note, to provide you with the most flexibility your studies will consist of two separate years, each enrolled on to separately. Therefore, if you are aged 19+ before starting either year of the full qualification you will be required to pay course fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment methods will consist of exams, synopsis and controlled assessment.

Completion of this course can lead into health and social care related professions

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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