- Course Code: HS034-Y1
- Duration: 2 year
- Validated by: EDEXCEL
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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