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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care at West Kent College

Course description

This course is for those who wish to work in the health or care sectors or to access university.

The course requires you to undertake a range of work placements over two years, and will allow you to begin to develop the skills and qualities needed to become a care professional in roles such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, paramedic training and health and social care work.

This practical course combines work placements with class-based sessions.

You will study 13 units over two years. Among the topics you will cover are:

• Human life span development
• Working in health and social care
• Anatomy and physiology in health and social care
• Enquires into current research in health and social care

Please note that two units per year are assessed by an online examination taken under exam conditions.

There is a wide variety of optional units in the second year of the study programme.

Entry requirements

You will need five GCSEs at Grades A*-C/9-4, including English, maths and science. Alternatively, a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care at Merit, with GCSE English, maths and science.

You will be interviewed and a place on the course is subject to a DBS check and a positive reference. You will need to demonstrate an aptitude for working with vulnerable people.

Future opportunities

Progress into either work or higher education courses in nursing, midwifery, paramedics, counselling and social 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: 30 October 2018
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