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Health and Social Care Extended Diploma Level 3 (HSC1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course will provide learners with the opportunity to explore health and social care in its broadest context and aims to develop independent learners who are able to successfully progress in to health and social care related professions.

The Level 3 Award, Level 3 Technical Certificate and Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care have been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

These qualifications have been designed and written by a team of subject matter experts, and involved employers and Higher Education Institutions in the planning their content.

These qualifications cover a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Extended Diploma includes a wide range of optional units, allowing learners to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit a learner’s preferred progression path.

Course content

Learners will complete 18 units throughout their two years in college and will also be expected to participate in a minimum of 100 hours of work placement, which will be organised by the Placement Liaison Officer.

There is a mixture of study methods employed on the programme, these being lectures, practical exercises, group workshops, and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.
All learners will receive two hours of tutorial provision per week alongside their programme of study.

The course has a number of core and specialist units which learners must achieve in order to be accredited with the CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

The following areas are covered:

Core units

  • Communication for Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights for Health and Social Care
  • Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Human growth and development
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Research Skills for Health and Social Care

Specialist Units

  • Public Health for Health and Social Care
  • Physiology of Ageing
  • Partnership working
  • Health Education
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • Health Psychology
  • Dementia awareness
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

•    At least five GCSE at grades A* – C/4 including English Language and maths at grade 4 or above
•    A Diploma at merit in a related subject with GCSE English at grade A* to C/4 and Level 2 maths.
•    You will also need to successfully pass a Disclosure Barring Service Check.

Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme.


You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation, and/or group work. Although there is no formal end examination, you will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a pass grade for all your assignment work to be awarded the CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.


Financial information

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as nursing, midwifery, or other paramedical professions such as chiropody, laboratory technician, operating department technician, cardiology or audiology.
You could also apply for other degrees such as Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Social Work, Health and Community Studies and Psychology.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 16 August 2018
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