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Health and Social Care: Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A Levels)

Course Outline
All students take nine core units including:
-Building positive relationships in Health and Social Care
-Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care
-Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care
-Anatomy and physiology for Health and Social Care
-Infection control
-Personalisation and a person centred approach to care
-Safeguarding
-Promoting positive behaviour
-The impact of longterm physiological conditions

You will also take optional units selected by subject staff.

Assessment
This course is assessed by portfolio and exam. 

Teaching styles
This course really focuses on the vocational aspects of Health and Social Care so you will find a lot of teaching is based in work experience/placement visits or case studies/role plays. There will also be group discussions, case study work, presentations, guest speakers, creation of resources, individual research, role plays and so on.
 
Subject combinations
Complementary subjects are Sociology, Psychology, Citizenship and Biology. Students can also take complementary subjects courses such as Science, especially if interested in a career in Health Care.
 
Resources and facilities
We have an extensive range of books, journals and DVDs available in the library.  Examples and case studies are used to bring your chosen course to life and make it enjoyable to study.  We have laptops which students can use during class time, which can be used to complete coursework and you can use the internet for research. We also have part of the college which is dedicated to health and social care classes with specialist equipment.
 
Key features
A wide variety of interesting and current issues are explored in depth. You will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement where you will be able to apply some of the knowledge gained in lessons, and develop your skills. Throughout the course you will develop various skills including research, ICT, analytical, problem solving, developing your own learning, presentation skills, and learning to work independently as well as in groups, which will develop your communication skills. This course will provide you with an up to date and relevant insight into the world of Health and Social Care, and will prepare you well for a career in the field.
 
Progression
Level 3 courses earn you UCAS points allowing you to take on HND/HNC or honours degrees. Students can go in to careers such as nursing, teaching, midwifery, social work and many more. 
 
Provisional entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade A*- C or 4 - 9, including a C or a 4 English Language and a D or 3 in Science.

 

An interest in Health and Social Care would be advantageous.

 

  

Summary

Level 3

Two years
12 periods a week

Assessed by portfolio and exam

Progress to University
Equivalent to 3 A Levels