Health and Social Care Technical Extended Diploma
This is a Level 3 qualification which provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding of health and social care for learners aged 16-19 and adults. The course is ideal if you wish to progress onto university to study a health and social care related discipline or go into employment.
‘…in health and social care higher-level apprentices carefully plan their research projects to support the development of services that meet the requirements of service users.’ Ofsted, 2018
As of 11th November all adults aged 18 or over employed or volunteering, must have received both doses of a MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine before they are able to enter any CQC regulated care or nursing home. Therefore, if you are 18 or over (or will turn 18 during your course) you must have already received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or, be willing to receive both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine following enrolment or, provide medical evidence as to why you are unable to receive a vaccine.
You will attend college for 3 days per week and spend one day a week on placement in a relevant health and social care setting. The course will give you an in depth understanding of the key concepts of working within the health and social care sector and provide you with the opportunity to put theory into practice.
This is a two year qualification which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries a maximum UCAS Tariff score of 168 if you achieve A*.
In addition to your coursework, you will be required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of work placement in your first year and 100 hours in the second to achieve the Extended Diploma.
What areas will I study?
The qualification contains the following mandatory units in the first year:
- Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
- Human growth and development
- Safeguarding in health and social care
- Communication in health and social care
- Infection prevention and control in health and social care
- Psychological perspectives in health and social care
- Sociological perspectives in health and social care
- Working in health and social care
- Reflective practice
In the second year you will specialise in social care related subjects such as advocacy in health and social care, family issues and dementia awareness.