Full Time

Subject Area

Health, Social Care and Dental Nursing




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Health and Social Care Technical Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is for learners who want to progress into a career in health care, social care, or community work.  The course is designed to give you the transferable knowledge and skills to progress to higher education or employment.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need to have at least five C grades at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics. You must also have successfully achieved the first year of the diploma. You’ll also need to complete a police clearance check, a health check, have two references, and pass an interview with a member of the Health and Care team if you are joining the course in year 2. DBS clearance required.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You’ll study the underlying principles of working in the care sector along with specialist units which will cover topics related to the application of psychology, sociology and science to health and social care practice.  The qualification also offers learners the opportunity to access work experience and develop the necessary skills to compile a professional development portfolio.

How you will learn

The course is mainly taught through classroom learning and directed study.  You will be assessed through course work.  You will also take part in work placements in the Health and Social Care industry as part of the course.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could progress to Higher Education courses related to Social Sciences, Health and Social Care, or Child Care.   You could also progress to a Higher Apprenticeship programme in Health and Social Care or some health and social care roles, for example direct care or administrative roles within the sector.

What costs will you incur?

You will need to pay for transportation to work placements in the area.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.


If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.