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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care is equivalent to 2 A-Levels and is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in Health or Social Care or progress onto an Access to Health Care Professions course at college. It provides a practical insight into a range of Health & Social Care related topics and will include a substantial amount of valuable work experience.

Course content

The course consists of 18 Health & Social Care units. All students study these 8 mandatory units:-

  • Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care settings
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Health, Safety & Security in Care Settings
  • Development through the life stages
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
  • 40% of your study programme will be within placement. 
  • Maths & English*

Learners also study at least 10 optional unit covering topics such as Nutrition, Safeguarding and Complementary Therapies. In addition to your main course and work placement, you will gain a certificate in First Aid and have the opportunity to study functional skills in maths, or resit GCSE maths if required.

Entry requirements

This qualification is recommended for those who have achieved four or more A*- C Grade GCSEs including English or have completed a BTEC First at Pass or Merit grade. You will also need a satisfactory police check (DBS).


Assessment is via coursework. You will be assessed through assignment tasks and practical experiences. Assignments are based on real life scenarios that you would encounter in a health and social care setting and many of the tasks are directly linked to your work placement. Assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. You will also be required to complete the set amount of placement hours over the 2 year period. 

Future opportunities

This qualification can be a stepping stone to university for anyone wanting to study nursing, social work, youth work, paramedic or other related Health or Care careers. You may also wish to move straight into the industry and gain yourself full time employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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