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

Course Information

  • Course Code: HS034-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

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 valuable experience in a variety of different healthcare settings, primarily within the NHS, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. These varied experiences enable Cadets to develop essential skills and qualities to a high standard, significantly enhancing your prospects of employment or Higer Education / Degree aspirations.

Health and Social Care is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to help and care for people. Whether you're a nurse looking after patients on a ward, a social worker protecting vunerable people - you will be making a difference to people's lives every single day.

Contributing to the health and wellbeing of millions of people every day is an attractive feature of working within this industry. Though filled with challenges, through the health and social care industry, you will be able to meet people from all walks of life.

With the NHS- the UK's biggest employer- choosing this course is a sure fast way to future proof your career. It is also a nice bonus that these jobs are some of the most rewarding jobs!

Blackburn College are proud partners with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, our partnership enables students to gain meaningful work placement opportunities.

You will undertake a minumum of 4 work placements during this 2 year course, which will provide you with a total of 700 hours of experience working in the clinical areas of outpatients, wards and Birthing Suites.  You will alternate one week in College and one week in placement throughout the duration of the Cadet Programme.

Due to the high level of interest in the Cadet Programme an additional interview will be required.

What will I study?

 

The course consists of 13 Health & Social Care units, which include:

  • Lifespan development- from conception to old age.
  • Working in Health & Social Care - roles and responsibilities.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs - communication, ethics, equality and diversity.
  • Anatomy and Physiological Disorders, investigating conditions that affect the body and the relevant treatments.
  • Research, how and why research is carried out, focussing on research from the Health & Social Care sector.
  • Principles of safe practice within the Health and Social Care sector.
  • Caring for individuals with dementia.

You will also have the opportunity for additional training in First Aid, Moving and Handling and Safeguarding.

You will undertake a minumum of 4 work placements during this 2 year course, which will provide you with a total of 700 hours of experience working in the clinical areas of outpatients, wards and Birthing Suites.  You will alternate one week in College and one week in placement throughout the duration of the Cadet Programme.

 

Entry Requirements

This programme requires 5 GCSEs with a mix of Grade B and C (4,5,6) including Maths and English Language.

A successful DBS check will also be required.

Due to the high level of interest in the Cadet Programme an additional interview will be required.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through exams and coursework

What can I do next?

This qualification is widely accepted for university entry onto nursing (childrens, adult or mental health) midwifery, 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.  

 

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Adult Nurse

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

If you enjoy caring for people and you are looking for a varied job, this could be an ideal career for you. Adult nurses care for people over 18 who are ill, injured, or have physical disabilities.

To work as an adult nurse, you need to complete an approved course. For this you will need proof of English and maths skills, good health and a good character.

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Children's Nurse

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

If you enjoy helping and caring for children, this job could be ideal for you. A children's nurse provides care for children and young people with a wide range of conditions.

As a children's nurse, you will need to have the ability to comfort, reassure and gain the trust of patients. You’ll need excellent communication and listening skills. You’ll also need the authority and confidence to deal with children or parents in stressful circumstances.

To work as a children's nurse, you will need a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree. You must also agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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District Nurse

  • £
    26,041
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

As a district nurse, you would care for people in a variety of non-hospital settings. These could include patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes. If you like variety and enjoy working at different locations, this nursing role could be perfect for you.

To be a district nurse you will need to be able to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds. You will need to be a good talker and listener. You’ll also need patience and understanding.

You will usually need between one and two years' professional experience as a qualified adult nurse before you can begin training as a district nurse. To qualify as a nurse you will need a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree.

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Learning Disability Nurse

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

If you want to work as part of a team to support people with learning disabilities and their families to get the best out of life, then this could be the ideal job for you.

Learning disability nurses are based in a variety of settings in the community and in hospitals. They promote the health and wellbeing of their patients, and work to improve their quality of life to help them live as independently as they can.

You will need to be sensitive to the needs of your patients, have excellent communication skills and be able to deal with a challenging health and social care environment. To work as a learning disability nurse, you will need to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree in nursing.

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Mental Health Nurse

  • £
    21,692
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

If you're a good communicator and want to help people with mental health problems, a job in mental health could be perfect for you.

Mental health nurses work in hospitals and the community to support people with a range of mental health issues. They aim to build good relationships with clients and their families so that everyone is involved in the therapy process.

A mental health nurse has to be sympathetic and non-judgmental. You will need to be able to gain a patient’s trust. You’ll also need to manage emotional situations.

To work as a mental health nurse, you will need to complete a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved degree in nursing.

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Social Worker

  • £
    19,500
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you want to make a positive difference in the community, a career as a social worker could be a perfect choice for you. To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). As a qualified social worker your job will be to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to gain their trust, in order to help them. Often you’ll be put in situations where your tact, patience and understanding will be needed and you’ll need to assess and cope with these situations in a sensitive and non-judgemental way.?

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Social Work Assistant

  • £
    12,500
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you want to help and support people in the community, this could be a great job for you. Social work assistants help qualified social workers. The clients you work with could be in the community, in hospitals and in other settings such as residential care homes.

Employers will usually consider experience to be more important than your qualifications. They may ask for a good standard of general secondary education. To be a social worker’s assistant you will need a practical and flexible approach to work. You will also need to be patient and understanding.

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Midwife

  • £
    21,692 per year
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

As a midwife you would care for and support pregnant women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth. If you would like taking care of the mother's welfare, and the responsibility of helping to bring babies into the world, this could be the perfect career for you.

To qualify as a registered midwife you need to complete a degree in midwifery. You will also need to agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Courses take at least three years to complete.

To be a midwife you need excellent communication and 'people' skills. You need the ability to inspire trust and confidence. And you will also need a calm manner to deal with stressful situations.

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Substance Misuse Outreach Worker

  • £
    20,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Substance misuse outreach workers encourage people to seek help from local support services and advise them how to minimise risks to their health. If you've got an understanding of substance misuse issues, and you want to help people take action to deal with their addiction problems, this job could suit you. In this job you would need to have a calm and caring approach, and be able to build trust. You would need to treat everyone fairly and not judge anyone. Volunteering is a good way to build skills and experience. You would also need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Health Service Manager

  • £
    26,041
    + starting salary
  • 37.5 hours per week

Health service managers are responsible for managing the cost, delivery and quality of local healthcare services. As a health service manager you could be responsible for local healthcare in a hospital, GP service or community health service.

If you've got leadership and financial management skills, and you can motivate others, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need to be a good problem solver, and be able to explain complex things in a clear way.

To get into this career, you could join a graduate training scheme if you have a relevant degree. If you are working in a clinical role, such as a nurse or physiotherapist, you could take a postgraduate management training course. You could also work your way up from an administrative job, with experience and training.???

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Facilities

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.