Course Code
21204 18
Course Title
Level 3
1 year
Entry Requirements
4 A*-C GCSE grades (including English) or A Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma and a C in GCSE English. If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 2 programmes.
Start Date
Days and Times

Course Description

There are two different pathways available to cater for your individual interests in Health and Social Care.

Option 1 is a 1 year 90 Credit Diploma in Health and Social Care that is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. This course allows you to study and gain occupational competence whilst gaining relevant UCAS points in 1 academic year. It is possible for you to be selected onto the Extended Diploma in year 2 if you apply.

Option 2 is a 2 year Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care that is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. This is a 2 year programme (but all students will start out on the 90 Credit Diploma).

The Level 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care are nationally recognised qualifications that are suitable alternatives to A-levels. These programmes aim to equip learners with the skills, knowledge, attitude and values required to have a successful career in Health and Social Care.

Entrance requirements

4 A-C GCSE grades (including English ) or A Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma and a C in GCSE English.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 2 programmes.

Who is the course suitable for?

If exams are not your preferred method of study and you want to keep your options open to either work or higher education then one of these options may be right for you.

This is suitable for academically capable learners and should not be viewed as an easier alternative because you are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.

Course content

This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education or a job in Health and Social Care. You will need to be prepared to attend college 4 days per week and attend work experience 1 day per week (gaining a total of 100 hours of work experience).

Examples of units you will study are:

  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Public and Environmental health
  • Microbiology and communicable diseases
  • Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Physiology
  • Diseases and disorders
  • Psychological and sociological aspects of health
  • Placement experience

You will study approximately 9 units per year and will have the opportunity to upgrade Maths, English and Biology GCSE subjects.

Development of Maths and English

Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects up to the age of 18, as per government requirements.

At Central Bedfordshire College Students who have a D in GCSE Maths and English will be required to retake these GCSE subjects in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level.

Employability Skills Development

Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.

How will the course be taught?

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced Health and Social Care professionals who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.

Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.

How will I know how well I am doing?

Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.

Are there any additional costs?

Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.

What course can I do next?

You can progress onto Higher Education courses applying to study further into fields such as:

  • Social Work
  • Nursing, Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • Radiography
  • Psychology
  • Disability Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Dental Hygienist

Alternatively you could look for work in related fields such as:

  • Ambulance Care Assistants
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Carer
  • Domiciliary Carer
  • Working in the Community
  • Health Care Worker

Course Fees

If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you begin your course or if you are actively seeking employment and can provide evidence that you’re in receipt of a state benefit e.g. job seekers, housing benefit – this course may be free!

Where can I get further support / advice?

Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website:

How do I join the course?

Fill in an application form online and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.

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