Health and Social Care Level 3 Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: HS035-Y1
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

This Level 3 in Health & Social Care is equivalent to two A-Levels and has been designed for people wishing to pursue a career in Health or Social Care.

It provides a practical insight into a range of Health & Social Care related topics and will include a substantial amount of invaluable work experience.

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.

Worek placements are arranged for you and are local to you, our Placement Team will support you through this process.  By gaining work experience it will give you a distinct advantage when progressing your education or going into employment.

What will I study?

The course consists of 8 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.
  • 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.

You will be required to undertake 4 work placements during this two year course, thereby spending 2 days per week at your placement, which will provide you with a total of 700 hours of work experience which will give you a distinct advantage when applying for University or going into employment.  Work placements are arranged for you and are local to you, our Placement Team will support you throughout this process.

For entry to the Level 3 Diploma you must have either Maths or English Language at a grade C/4.  During the Level 3 course you will be able to study either Maths or English Language GSCE as part of your study programme.

 

 

Entry Requirements

This programme requires you to have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4.  You must have either Maths or English Language at a grade C/4.  During the Level 3 course you will be able to study for either your Maths or English Language GSCE as part of your study programme.

Alternatively you can enter the course upon completion of a Level 2 course a minumum of a merit is required.

A successful DBS check is also required.

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment will be conducted through exams and assignments.

 

What can I do next?

This qualification will enable you to either enter employment within a Health and Social Care setting, or progress into Higher Education, with many of our students undertaking Degrees with Foundation Entry in the areas of Nursing, Social Work, Teaching, Social Science and Counselling.

Your Study Programme

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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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