Health & Social Care

Pathway to Nursing and Social Work (part time)


A career in care can be extremely rewarding and diverse, with opportunities to work with children, adolescents, older people, people with additional needs, hospital patients and the general community.  We will help you develop your skills to the highest level, whichever path you choose.

This course will give you the UCAS points required for a variety of HE courses/programs in the Health & Social Care Sector.

Course requirements

This course will suit the mature (19+) student with a reasonable standard of education and/or experience, who also has the desire to pursue a career in Health and Social Care. A successful interview, an enhanced DBS and initial screening are an essential part of entry onto the course.

What will I do?

You will complete 18 units of study over the two year course.  You will be awarded points for each unit based on pass, merit or distinction criteria achieved. Your points will be totalled at the end of the course to give you your final grade.

Units may include: Communication, Health & Safety, Life Span Development, Anatomy & Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition, Research Methodology and Sociological Perspectives.

Access to a computer and the internet will be an advantage as you will be expected to complete assignments outside of college time.

You will complete two health and social care placements in the first year and a further two placements in the second year. This is a mandatory requirement for the course and will provide valuable experience in health and social care.

What will it give me?

Full completion of all units on the combined 90 Credit and Extended Diploma will then be combined, at the end of the second year, to award the successful and dedicated learner with a potential maximum of 420 UCAS points and a final grade of D*D*D*.

On successful completion of the full Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 there is the potential to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care or Counselling or explore other Higher Education opportunities, such as nursing, social work and operating department practitioner.

Materials needed

You may wish to purchase a college polo shirt to wear for placement.
Access to a computer and the internet will be an advantage as you will be expected to complete assignments outside of college time.

What can I do when I finish?

The course will enable you to potentially progress to higher education and training in a range of areas. Alternatively, if you do not wish to access higher education, it will give you a level 3 qualification to work as a carer or support worker in health and social care settings.

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