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Health and Social Care (OCR) National Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 3 (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This is an excellent course to study if you enjoy working with people. It is a practical, skills based programme that will prepare you for employment in the health, social care and early years sectors. You will study 6 units in year one to gain one A Level and a further 6 units completed in year 2 will give the second A level. Those following the Extended Diploma pathway will do an additional 6 units over the two years to gain 3 A levels. Throughout the course you will develop the ability to work autonomously and effectively as well as building your skills, knowledge and understanding of health, social care and early years. In addition you will be gaining a qualification which is relevant to the workplace. The full course is equivalent to 3 A Levels with the National Certificate being awarded after the first year and the National Diploma or Extended Diploma after the second year. There are no external examinations on this programme.

Course content

You will cover a number of units in year 1 which include: Mandatory units: Unit 1: Working to quality practice in care settings Unit 2: Working with service users in care settings Unit 3: Behavioural awareness in care Unit 4: Applied practical care in care settings Optional units will include topics such as creative activities, voluntary work, career planning for the health, social care and early years sector and first aid.

Entry requirements

As well as meeting the college GCSE requirements for a Level 3 course you can progress with a Level 2 in Health and Social Care at Merit grade.

For some career pathways it is essential to have core GCSEs as well as undertaking Level 3 study



You will study six units in your first year and six in your second.  All units are coursework based, internally assessed and externally verified. Extended Diploma students do an additional 6 units over two years.

Assessment will include a variety of methods such as role plays, practical assessment and written work as well as demonstrating skills through work placement experience.

There will be some practical work though it will depend very much on the unit being studied. Some units are very practical and skills based, whilst others may involve research in the community. 

You will have two placements lasting one week each year.




Future opportunities

The course is a base for further study or progression onto employment. It can lead to a career in social work, nursing, teaching, youth work and probation service. Past students have also studied on B.Ed, B.A. Nursing, social work degrees and midwifery courses.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years