Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
This OFQUAL regulated qualification provide learners with an in-depth knowledge of core subject areas in health and social care to support progression into Higher Education, the workplace or further learning in related subject areas.
Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Certificate supports learners’ access to Higher Education and progression to further learning at Level 4 and above, and a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector.
Aims of the course
These are to:
- Understand the functions of national and local health and social care provision
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of the health and social care practitioner when empowering individuals
- Develop and demonstrate how outcomes of Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Safeguarding Adults Reviews inform practice in the health and social care sector
- Demonstrate how to obtain and record physiological measurements
- Demonstrate how to reflect on and plan for personal and professional development within the health and social care sector
- Carry out a research project
- progress to Higher Education in a related field of study
This qualification has the following UCAS Points – D – 72, C – 96, B – 120, A – 144, A* – 168.
To be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care learners are required to successfully Learners must achieve the unit assessments for the 3 mandatory units:
Mandatory Units covered:
Unit 1 – Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
Unit 2 – Human growth and development
Unit 3 – Safeguarding and protection in health and social care
Unit 4 – Communication in health and social care
Unit 5 – Infection prevention and control in health and social care
Unit 6 – Psychological perspectives in health and social care
Unit 7 – Sociological perspectives in health and social care
Unit 8 – Working in health and social care
Unit 9 – Reflective practice
Unit 10 – Empowerment in health and social care
Unit 11 – Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
Unit 12 – Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
Unit 13 – Research skills for health and social care
Unit 14 – Personal and professional development
Unit 15 – Mental health and well-being
Unit 16 – Nutrition for health and social care
Unit 17 – Biochemistry for health
Unit 18 – Medication in health and social care
Plus, two Extended Assessment covering the ‘Core Mandatory’ units set by the awarding body
Placement in a Real Work Environment
Learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours are 175 (including 75 hours completed during the Certificate).
How the course is delivered
This Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is delivered via blended learning. Learners also get full access to online Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations, and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. Face to face interactions will be conducted through video sessions or within the classroom environment.
All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. This could include direct observation, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.
Opportunities for progression
Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be able to access Higher Education* or Level 5 Diploma In health and Social Care
Job roles you can apply for on completion
- Care Support Workers in Adult Residential Settings
- Healthcare Assistants in Community, Primary Care and Acute Health Environments
- Care Support Workers in Domiciliary Services, Supported Living or Day Services
- Community-Based Support Workers.
This qualification is designed for learners aged 19 or above and should have an appropriate level of skill in the English language, numeracy, literacy and ICT.