NCFE Cache Level 3 Technical/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care


Duration: The duration is one year with the option to extend to 2 years to achieve the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. You will learn by completing assignments that are based on a range of theories which will be linked to work placement experience. When you have finished the course you can choose to go into work straight away or continue with the 2nd year to accrue enough UCAS points to apply for university.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The course is made up of units of study with subjects including: Developing Effective Communication, Infection Prevention and Control, Equality, Diversity and Rights, Safeguarding, Human Growth and Development, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, Personal and Professional Development, Sociological and Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care.

There will also be a range of specialist units to study.

The Level 3 Certificate includes 200 hours of work placement and 300 hours of work placement hours if you continue onto the L3 Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Am I right for the course?

An interest in working with all vulnerable groups within society e.g. older adults, disabled people, people with mental illness and children. An aptitude for hard work and responsibility in a rewarding professional career.

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 / C or above including English and Maths. You will also require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

The course is assessed in both years by coursework and the completion of successful placements.

Deaf Awareness, Food Hygiene, Functional Skills and First Aid

The Health and Social Care Team are made up of Lecturers with both academic and vocational backgrounds in Health and Social care and related disciplines. The expertise within the team include: Nursing, Care, Management, Social Policy, Early Years, Counselling and Psychology.

What Next?

BTEC Nationals are valued by employers and higher education (Universities and Colleges). Students go into careers such as Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Speech Therapy, Residential Care Management, and the following a higher education degree/diploma course. Alternatively you can work directly, in registered care homes, hospitals or in the community as a care worker or health care assistant.

Potential careers:

  • Radiographer
  • Care Home Manager
  • Childminder
  • Counsellor
  • Health Psychologist
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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