The Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma will be studied over two years. During your first year you will enrol on and study the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care. This is a standalone one-year qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you can then progress and enrol to study the Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma, which is equivalent to two A levels.
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.
Please note - Learners studying a Health and Social Care course need to meet current Government legal requirements relating to COVID-19 vaccination status when working in the health and social care sector. This means learners must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, this includes being double vaccinated and having received a booster. Learners need to meet this legal requirement to be able to attend placement, without attending placement learners cannot complete their qualifications.
If you think you may be medically exempt from the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination. Learners will need to provide evidence of an NHS Covid pass medical exemption. There is further guidance on how to apply for a medical exemption and prove you are unable to get vaccinated on the government website.
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.
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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.
Year 1 - £2225.
Year 2 - £2445.
If you are aged 19 and are applying for this course as part of the Career Reboot Programme, the course will be FREE*. For more information on the Career Reboot Programme and *eligibility guidelines, please visit our Career Reboot Programme page.
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 £27,295 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 email@example.com.
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.
International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on fees.
Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
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.
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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: email@example.com or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227
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