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Health & Social Care CACHE Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

Working in the health and social care sector requires a very special kind of person. Dedicated, passionate and always willing to go the extra mile, your caring and compassionate nature can help to make a real difference to the lives of others. If you are considering a career working with children and young people or adults, then this may be the course for you.

The Extended Diploma is designed to provide a holistic programme of applied and general learning related to the occupational areas of health care and social care.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

Throughout the first year of this course you will study a variety of units, such as:

  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Lifespan Development
  • Sociological & Psychological Perspectives of Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional Development in the Workplace

You will also get to spend two days a week in a practical work placement. With many strong links with the local community, our courses offer a wide range of work placements that allow you to gain real experience of working with people with all manner of complex needs.

In addition you may study Functional Skills or have the opportunity to resit a GCSE in English and/or maths, if appropriate.

If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

We ask that you have five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), including English Language and Maths, and preferably Science. You’ll also be invited to come for an interview and provide a positive school report.

You will also need to have excellent attendance at your last place of study and everyone who joins this course will be required to undertake a DBS check.


You’ll have continuous assessment through assignments, projects and personal research, as well as through practical placements.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident. Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on a low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

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Following further study you could work as a:

  • A fully-qualified Youth Worker where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 to £22,000 a year.
  • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £23,000 a year.

Further information


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
  • Visiting local practitioners
  • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications. 

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

In our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm

Futures4Me Event

Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 3.30pm-7.30pm

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: 21 December 2018
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