Health & Social Care


Level 3 Certificate/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

The Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care has been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 175 (includes the 75 hours completed during the Certificate).

This qualification covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Extended Diploma includes a wide range of optional units, allowing learners to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit a learner’s preferred progression path.

Key Stage 5

This course is ideally suited to young men and women who have an interest in working in a caring profession. Students who already have or are willing to develop a keen interest in issues related to health, social care and early years. Students who enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience and who want to study a course that is active and enjoyable, whilst keeping their options open and broaden their studies in a practical way.

Students who possess qualities such as, willingness to develop an interest in issues related to health, social

and early years, motivation, and being able to work well on your own and in groups would be best suited to this course. and who are also hardworking, well organised and who are willing to apply what they have learnt in a practical way, for example seeking opportunities to ask ‘real’ professionals and practitioners questions surrounding their working life.


Level 3 Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care (Equiv 1.5 A levels)

Year 1

CM1 – Equality, Diversity and Rights (Internally assessed)

CM2 – Human Growth and Development (Internally assessed coursework)

CM3 – Safeguarding in H&SC

CM4 – Communication

Year 2

CM5 – Infection Prevention and control (Internally assessed coursework)

CM6 – Psychological Perspectives (Internally assessed coursework)

CM7 – Sociological Perspectives (Internally assessed coursework)

CM8 – Working in Health and Social Care (Internally assessed)

CM9 – Reflective Practice (Internally assessed)

HSC1 externally set and externally marked written assessment (Pass/Fail)

External assessments make up 32% of your final grade 75 mandatory hours of coursework required over two years.

Extended Diploma

(Double Option)

3 A Level Equivalent

All Certificate units in Year 1 PLUS

Year 2

DM1 – Empowerment in H&SC (Internally assessed)

DM2 – Protection of children, young people and adults in H&SC (Internally assessed)

DM3.1 – Anatomy and Physiology for H&SC (External exam)

DM4 – Research skills for H&SC (Internally assessed)

DM5 – Personal and Professional Development (Internally assessed)

You will then also complete 4 additional specialist units (Internally assessed)

HSED2 is an externally set and assessed written assessment.

External assessments make up 32% of your final grade.

175 hours mandatory work experience in a health and social care setting is advised alongside your course.

Examination Boards


Resources to Support Learning

Your placement supervisors and colleagues are an invaluable source to gain knowledge and understanding of current and up to date trends and policies.

It is crucial that you remain up to date with changes in health and social care in your local area, the country and the rest of the world by following the news and reading health-related topics.

Careers Links

Health & Social Care can open the door to a wide range of caring professions; for example:


Sports Physiotherapist


Nursing q Midwife


Nursery Nurse


Social Worker


Health & Social Care can also lead you to:

A University Course

An Apprenticeship

College for a Level 4 Health & Social Care related course.

From here, the health and social care world is your oyster!

Subject Staff

Mrs L. Brown

Mrs N. Bettaney

Mrs D. Murphy

Mrs L. Milburn

Mrs R. Makamure