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Health & Social Care Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Diploma

Be challenged and rewarded on our Level 3 Health, Social Care and Early Years Diploma as you gain an excellent introduction to, and preparation for, your future career. Study a range of topics such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition and psychological perspectives before you are given the opportunity to take a specialist pathway which supports your future career goals.

You will take work placements in at least two different settings; work experience forms a vital part of the course, providing you with experience in the reality of care work and the opportunity to develop core care skills. Our wonderful staff and students have built an excellent reputation amongst local service providers; our location on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus means you are perfectly placed to make use of the established links we have with Addenbrookes Hospital who can provide you with training and experience working alongside healthcare assistants.

You can choose between a Diploma, equivalent to two A levels, and an Extended Diploma equivalent to three A levels.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Click here for a full list of Course Costs


Course Content

This 2-year course leads to a vocational qualification which will prepare you for further study or employment and is an excellent grounding for a wide range of careers in health, social care and early years. Our teachers have wide vocational experience. Work experience is an integral part of the course along with extensive coursework.

The units are varied and cover a range of specialisms such as Anatomy and Physiology, Equality and Diversity and Psychological Perspectives in the Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. In the second year, all students will choose to study units from one of three specialist pathways: Health, Social Care, Early Years.

You must be prepared to work in a wide variety of Health, Social Care and Early Years settings. There are coursework assignments and activities which need to be completed in a care setting. These will form part of your final assessment.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments which are externally moderated.

Special Features

You will have the opportunity to take part in a full and varied extra-curricular programme which includes opportunities such as placement experience at the Royal Papworth Hospital and voluntary work in a range of areas. We run an interview preparation session for students applying to university which provides a realistic simulated experience.

We have access to a range of outside speakers, including health and social care professionals and representatives from voluntary organisations.

You will be taught by specialists who have the relevant knowledge and vocational experience to support you in progressing into a range of different careers, including all branches of nursing, midwifery, social work, paramedic science, occupational therapy, primary education and childcare roles.

They will also be able to guide you through the Nursing Apprenticeship which is becoming increasingly popular.

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from this course if you are sure that you would like to:

  • pursue a career in Health, Social Care or Early Years after college;
  • acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with people in a care setting, dealing with people who may face a range of challenges.


Entry Requirements

At least 5 grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including GCSE English and Health and Social Care if taken.

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