Health and Social Care (Cadet Programme) Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Course Information

  • Course Code: HS034-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Cadet Programme) is equivalent to three A-Levels and is ideal for those interested in a career in the health professions. This course provides a valuable experience in a variety of different healthcare settings, primarily in East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. These varied experiences enable Cadets to develop essential skills and qualities to a high standard, significantly enhancing prospects of employment.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 18 Health & Social Care units - 8 core units and 10 specialist units. The specialist units explore particular topics in depth. All students study these 8 mandatory units:

  • Developing effective communication in Health and Social Care settings
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights in Health and Social Care settings
  • Health, Safety & Security in Care Settings
  • Development through the life stages
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Personal and Professional Development in H&SC
  • Sociological perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Psychological perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Maths & English*

You will alternate weeks in College and weeks in placement throughout the year. You will also have the opportunity to study functional skills in maths, take a maths GCSE resit if relevant and gain certificates in First Aid, Moving and Handling and Safeguarding.

*If you have not achieved a Grade C or above in your Maths and English Language GCSEs you will be required to work towards a GCSE Grade C in these subjects as part of your Study Programme.


Entry Requirements

This qualification is recommended for those who have achieved five or more A*- C Grade GCSEs including Maths and English. You will also need a satisfactory police check (DBS).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via coursework. 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.

What can I do next?

This qualification is widely accepted for university entry onto nursing, social work, youth work, paramedic or other related health or care related degrees, or alternately students may gain employment in a health related profession on completion of the course.

Many students progress on to study at University Centre at Blackburn College where a range of higher education health and social care courses are available. Particular courses that you may be interested in progress onto include:

  • Health and Social Care (Health) Higher National Diploma HND
  • Social Care Foundation Degree FdA
  • Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA
  • Social Science BA (Hons)
  • Applied Psychology (Counselling & Health) BSc (Hons)
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Based in the £18.3 million Beacon Centre, you will have access to practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities, as well as dedicated IT suites with interactive whiteboards. You will also have use of the free WiFi across campus, college canteens and the library and resource centre, which houses over 60 computers and 45,000 books.

Enrichment & Employability

All of our learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, care homes, day centres, childrens settings and dementia units. It is vital that you learn first aid, and our trained first aiders have the specialist equipment needed to train you with the necessary first aid skills and qualifications. 

Our learners will also have the opportunity to take part in volunteering opportunities such as coffee mornings for cancer charitites and soup kitchen volunteering. Both of which will enhance your CV and employability skills.

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