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Health & Social Care (Level 3)

This study programme has been designed to enable students to access Higher Education, find out about careers such as nursing, midwifery and social work and aid progression into the workplace. The programme also carries UCAS points allowing entry into university. You will attend placements throughout the course in a range of vocational settings to gain valuable experience within the Health & Social Care sector. You will also have the opportunity to go on trips and events and all of our tutors are vocational experts within their field of Health & Social Care.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need… 

Duration: 2 years 
  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 ideally including English & maths  (a science subject is also highly recommended) OR 
  • Health & Social Care at Level 2 
Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to work in an early year’s placement.

Course content

This study programme will cover a range of specific, related units that will give underpinning knowledge of key areas within the Health & Social Care sector. You will be able to put your new found knowledge into practice on your placements, which take place one day a week or on block release.

  • Subject units:
    • Safeguarding
    • Infection Control & Prevention
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Anatomy & Physiology
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience:
    You will undertake placement (one day a week, with block placements) in a range of vocational settings.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the opportunity to go on an educational trip that will be related to your studies, plus an international trip in Year 2

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will include; controlled assessments, a short answer question paper, plus written work that will need to be presented within a portfolio.


Health & Social Care NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

You could go on to university to study such areas as nursing, midwifery, social work, youth work, and paramedics. Alternatively, you could enter employment in the sector as a Support Worker.

Additional information

You are expected to be responsible for your own learning and work towards deadlines that have been set. You are expected to be prepared and organised for all your lessons as this will be vital to enable you to achieve. You will be required to pay £46 for required clothing, £20 for books and £54 for any trips/visits, you will also need to pay for your CRB check. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street BBK108

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Additional formats
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