Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma

The main aim of this qualification is to provide a strong study programme in the Health and Social Care sector, offering depth and breadth of knowledge, enabling you to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to gain entry into the health and social care sectors and the wide range of careers on offer. This is a two-year course, made up of 8 units over two years.
The programme is comprised of six compulsory units and two specialist units. Out of the six mandatory units, five units are internally assessed and three are externally assessed which makes up 46% of the evidence. This is a Level 3 course, equivalent to 2 A- Levels.

Below displays the units you will cover over the next two years of study – your lecturer will share more detailed information on each:

  • Human Lifespan Development (External assessment)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (External assessment)
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care (External assessment)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support (Internal assessment)
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care (Optional) – Internal assessment
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care (Internal assessment)
  • Promoting Public Health (Internal assessment)
  • Psychological Perspectives (Optional) – Internal assessment

If the unit is an internal assessment, then it has an independent assignment set by your tutor. You will use class time plus homework slots to complete work. Students are given an assignment sheet for each unit which explains what you will need to do. You will have a progress tracker tick list in your folder and on display in the classroom to help you track what work you have done and how much more you will need to do.

If the unit is an external assessment then this means it is an exam set by the exam board. The first 2 exams you will sit are Units 1 and 2. You will sit these in May/June 2018 and the final exam (Unit 4) will be sat in May/June 2019. You will use class time plus homework slots to complete the work needed in order to pass these exams.

Attendance: Full time – two years

Start date: September 2017

Course lecturers: Our lecturers have vocational experience in the relevant sectors and are qualified at degree and post-graduate level.

Our facilities: Our classrooms are built to provide a practical and unique learning experience

Kit required: All students will require our health and social care uniform.

Many students go on to higher education and become nurses, paramedics, social workers, youth and community support workers, counsellors, teachers and midwives.  Students are also very successful in going on to full-time employment as community carers, youth workers and health care assistants.
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 Meet your lecturer

Kate Williams, Health and Social Care lecturer

Kate is the Maltings College’s lecturer for Health and Social Care, leading this challenging and rewarding course. With a degree in Psychology and Counselling and a qualified teacher, Kate has extensive experience of helping students to excel in the Health and Social Care Sector and has been recognised for delivering exceptional results by visiting assessors. Kate uses her skills and knowledge to support young people, including ‘mindfulness’ techniques and support for careers planning – particularly important for Health and Social Care which can open a range of doors. As part of this, she is committed to her Continuous Professional Development (CPD) which has recently included a visit to an NHS hospital to shadow Matrons at work, to support teaching in the classroom and careers advice.