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Health and Social Care and Early Years Level 3 Applied Diploma - Extended Diploma at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Health, Social Care and Early years is a long established course at Long Road. The course provides excellent preparation for both further study and employment. Our teachers have wide vocational experience within the sector, working in hospitals and the wider community. The team have many years’ experience in supporting students to set up their work experience in relevant work placements in a variety of health, social care and early years settings.

This two year course leads to a vocational qualification which will prepare you for further study, for example nursing degree courses. It is also an excellent grounding for a wide range of careers in health, social care and early years, for example becoming a teaching assistant or a social care worker. We offer students the opportunity to focus more on their area of interest in year two by providing specialist pathways of study.

Work experience

You must be prepared to work in a wide variety of Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. There are coursework assignments and activities which need to be completed in a care setting. These form part of your portfolio.

Special features

We have a full and varied extra-curricular programme which includes opportunities such as the Structured Healthcare Assistant Programme at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and voluntary work in a range of areas. We work with a local drop-in centre for older adults, developing activities to support their needs.

We have access to a range of outside speakers, including health and social care professionals and representatives from voluntary organisations.

Is it for you?

You will enjoy and benefit from this course if you are sure that you would like to:

  • pursue a career in Health, Social Care or Early Years after college;
  • acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with people in a care setting, dealing with people who may face a range of challenges.

This is the Extended Diploma course which is the equivalent to 3 A levels.

Course content

The units are varied and cover a range of specialisms in the Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. 

In the first year you will study:

· Developing effective communication in health and social care

· Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care

· Health, safety and security in health and social care

· Development through the life stages

· Sociological perspectives for health and social care

· Psychological perspectives for health and social care

In the second year all students will choose to study units from one of three specialist pathways:

· Health

· Social Care

· Early Years


Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including in GCSE English and Merit in Level 2 Health & Social Care if taken.


A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a Distinction grade in a related subject (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

Future opportunities

You can use this qualification to go into higher education or other professional courses, leading to careers in Health, Social or Public Services such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Early Years teaching, Social Administration and Social Work.

Here are some of the degree courses being taken by students who completed their studies with us in 2017: Nursing Studies at King’s College, London, Midwifery at Anglia Ruskin, Midwifery at Surrey University, Nursing at Birmingham University, Nursing (Mental Health|) at the University of the West of England, Nursing (Adult / Child) at Anglia Ruskin, Early Childhood Studies at York St. John University, Primary Education at Canterbury Christchurch University, Health & Social Care at Lincoln University, Health & Social Care at Bangor University, Social Work at Leeds University, Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University, Law at Anglia Ruskin and Criminal Justice and Criminology at Hertfordshire University.

Depending on the career options you are considering, you need to think very carefully about the A level subject you choose to partner your Health and Social Care course. For example, if you wanted the opportunity to train as a primary teacher you should also take at least one of the National Curriculum subjects at A level.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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