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Health & Social Care Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

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 and some extended units.

You can choose to study this course as…

  • a Diploma (120 credits) equivalent to two A levels
  • an Extended Diploma (180 credits) equivalent to three A levels.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

The units are varied and cover a range of topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Equality and Diversity and Research in Health and Social Care settings. On the Diploma, 5 units are assessed by exams and 7 units through internal assessment. For the Extended Diploma, there is one additional examined unit and 4 additional units assessed through coursework.

You must be prepared to complete work placements in a 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.



  • 45% exam
  • 55% coursework

Extended Diploma:

  • 40% exam
  • 60% coursework

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Health and Social Care or a Merit in Level 2 Health and Social Care if taken.
  • Students with a Distinction in a related subject may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.
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