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.  

 

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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.

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