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Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care - Level 3 at South Thames College

Course description

If you want a career in social care or to take a degree in social work, sociology, psychology, social sciences, social policy, nursing or other care-related courses, then this course is for you. We emphasise real-world experience for you through a work placement, so you'll be working two days a week in a setting like a children's nursery or a care home. Completing your work placement is an essential part of your assessment and is well regarded by universities and employers so should give you the edge in your next steps. As you'll be working with vulnerable groups, you'll need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB) before your course. You'll have the chance to hear from professionals - like midwives and nurses - who are already working succesfully in this area. They'll talk to you about their career path, the sorts of skills and behaviours you should demonstrate and what opportunities there are for people prepared to work. We'll also take you on field trips to relevant exhibitions and events, such as Nursery World at Olympia. We're also growing our work in competitions, including WorldSkills where our students produced care plans and did key health checks. Competitions are a great way show you new ideas and stimulate your enthusiasm.

Course content

The course covers:

  • Communication and supportive skills for care work
  • Research for care
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Practical caring skills
  • Health and safety
  • Life span development
  • Issues for people who use care
  • Anatomy and physiology.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C with English and maths at A*-D; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level. You'll complete a work placement as part of this course so you'll also need to pass an enhanced DBS check.


An external assessment and internally assessed assignments with practical and theoretical activities focusing on real work situations. You'll be assessed on your practical skills during your work placement.

Future opportunities

Move on to other health and social care courses at South Thames College. From the 90-credit diploma, move up to the extended diploma. From the extended diploma, progress to higher education, for example our HNC in Health and Social Care, or a degree at university, or look for work in a social care organisation.

Further information

You'll need to pay for your DBS check. This is normally paid at enrolment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 10 December 2015
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