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Level 3 Health & Social Care Extended Diploma at Leeds City College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is the equivalent to three A Levels (420 max UCAS points). You will learn through taught classes and activities, individual study, work experience and possibly a residential visit.

Course content

Over two years you will study approximately 13 units where there are two externally set exams and one controlled assessment. These may include:

Human life span – exam

Working in health and social care setting – exam

Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care

Enquiries into current research – externally set assessment

Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care

Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

Infection prevention and control in Health and Social Care

Personal and professional development in Health and Social Care

Protection of children, young people and adults in Health and Social Care

Dementia awareness

Entry requirements

All candidates must be committed to working in the Health and Social Care sector, be caring, creative and energetic, have a sense of humour and a lively and outgoing personality.

Applicants will need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths and Science at minimum grade C, or a Higher Diploma (which is equivalent to 7 GCSEs at grade A*-C), or NVQ2 or Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care to Merit grade with ideally English and/or Maths at minimum grade C or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills).

We would also take into account prior experience and general suitability for working in this sector. All applicants must have a successful interview and a satisfactory reference. You should have a positive work experience report to start on Level 3.

To work with children (under 18) or vulnerable adults, students may need to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). The college will arrange this for you but if your course is not fully funded (i.e. you are not 16-18 or on certain benefits) then you will have to pay. The estimated cost of the DBS check is £54. Full details regarding payment and documents required will be provided prior to enrolment.

Due to Statutory Guidelines, if you will be undertaking placements involving caring for children aged under 8, you will need to complete a Disqualifications Requirements questionnaire for yourself and other members of your household. This will be discussed further with you at your interview.


You will be assessed through case studies, controlled assessment, course work, two exams and 250 hours placement.

Future opportunities

Advice on careers and further study will be given during the course. After successful completion of the course, students may programme to Higher Education to study subjects such as Social Policy, Psychology or Sociology. They may also progress onto vocational degrees such as nursing, social work, radiography, occupational therapy or youth and community work or seek relevant employment in care work.

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 December 2017
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