Health and Social Care (Cadets) - Level 3 Certificate/Extended Diploma (max 420 UCAS points)
Qualification Obtained: Certificate in Health and Social Care (VRQ)
This qualification has been designed and written by a team of subject matter experts - employers and Higher Education Institutions were involved in the review of the course content.
This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with service users in a health and social care environment.
Course Entry Requirements
In order to access this course the following entry requirements must be met:
4 GCSEs grade A*-C, including English Language and Mathematics.
You will also need a clear DBS check and have successfully been selected from the annual Selection and Recruitment Event at the college.
Career Options and Progression
Achievement of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (VRQ) supports you to access to Higher Education and progression into a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.
Many students gain employment in the health and care sectors where they undertake placement experiences, proving themselves to be valuable additions to the setting.
Students also apply for degrees in:
Professional Practice in Health and Social Care, Adult/Paediatric/Mental Health Nursing, Paramedic Practice, Midwifery, Social Work, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Youth Work, Family Liaison.
Modules and Assessment
This qualification provides up to 420 UCAS points and develops the knowledge and skills for all those who wish to pursue higher education or employment in Health or Social Care settings in England.
The 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 you to pursue an interest in the specific areas of health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit your preferred progression path.
In year 1 of this course you will study a range of mandatory modules, essential to your daily practice as a health and social care professional.
The mandatory units provide students with in-depth knowledge of key subject areas in health and social care. The units included are:
- Equality and Diversity
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Human growth & Development
- Reflective Practice
In order to gain your qualification you will be required to build a Portfolio of evidence. This may include completion of written tasks, posters, leaflets and training materials. You will be required to draw on work products such as school policies and guidelines.
You will be assessed through internally-marked and externally-marked coursework, graded A*-D.
Teaching and Learning Methods
3 days per week in college and 1 or 2 day per week on a work placement in a health or social care setting.
These sessions will include group delivery and group activities and discussions with one-to-one support also provided. Part of your timetable will include a session where you will be supported by teaching staff to complete any written assessments. You will also be assigned a group tutor who will support you throughout your journey at the College.
Work Placement and Field Trips
You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support your learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are:
- Certificate (Year 1): 75 hours
- Extended Diploma (Year 2): 175 hours (includes the 75 hours completed during the Certificate)
Entry requirements of Higher Education Institutions may specify the need for more work experience, so it is important to check this with your desired university (if applicable).
Placement is a crucial element of your journey. Listed below are some examples of appropriate settings where you could be placed:
- Residential Care Home
- Nursing Home
- Day Centre
- Children's Centre
- Health Centre
- Domiciliary/Community care
- Respite Care
Specialised Voluntary Groups
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
You will be allocated a small budget to pay for any College printing costs. However once you have exceeded the limit, you will be liable for any additional printing costs.
You will be expected to pay for your own travel to and from your placements; however you may be eligible for financial support from the College. Book an appointment with the iKnow Team for further information. Call 01253 352352.
The NHS will provide you with the majority of your placement uniform - you just need appropriate flat footwear.
We will recommend a variety of text books that you could purchase to support you in your studies.
You will also need writing materials (such as pens and paper) and a folder in which to store your college-work.
Regulation and Accreditation
This Ofqual-regulated qualification is a VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification). This accreditation means that it is recognised nationally as meeting relevant and appropriate standards.
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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