Is this the course for you?
If your goal is to progress on to Higher Education and become a fully-qualified health and social care professional, then this course can help you achieve your goals. The Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Health and Social Care is an advanced qualification, and can provide a route to higher level study and a variety of rewarding careers in the sector. Successfully completing this course is equivalent to you achieving 1.5 A levels.
You will develop in-depth knowledge and skills via a combination of practical work-based learning, and will gain a deeper understanding of the principles and theory that surrounds the health and social care sector via academic study. In addition to college-based learning, you will also develop hands-on practical skills and experience by spending one day per week on a mandatory work placement, in a suitable health and social care setting.
This one-year full-time course will cover a variety of topics that affect the provision of health and social care in the home, community and clinical settings, including life span development, psychological perspectives, anatomy and physiology, sociology, counselling skills, and complementary therapies.
More than just developing your knowledge and skills in the practical application of care, you will also expand your theoretical knowledge in areas such as communication and supportive skills, law and ethics, equality and diversity, meeting individual care and support needs, and personal and professional development.
This course can lead to a successful career pathway in areas such as nursing, midwifery, social work, psychology, public health, or occupational therapy.
What modules will you do?
You will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as:
- Communication and supportive skills
- Equality and diversity
- Life span development
- Anatomy and physiology
- Personal and professional development
- Public health
- Research methodologies
- Counselling skills
- Complementary therapies
- Practical caring skills
- Health and safety
- Law and ethics
- Issues for people who use care
What do you need to apply?
5 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) at grade C or 4 or above or equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification at merit/pass or above.
How will you be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of practical assessments, coursework, project work, and examinations.
Where can this course take you?
This qualification will allow you to work in supervisory role in areas such as registered care homes, community work, the voluntary sector, social work, hospitals or primary care trusts.
After successfully passing the Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Health and Social Care, you may wish to consider progressing on to the following Level 3 Extended Diploma, which can provide you with a direct route in to Higher Education. You could then specialise in an area such as nursing, midwifery, social work, psychology, public health, or occupational therapy.
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC)