Health and Social Care

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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

A career in care can be varied, ranging from social work and nursing to community based careers. With a health and social care qualification, career opportunities are possible in many care environments, including hospitals, day centres and residential homes. This broad based course will give you an in-depth knowledge of issues within care, as well as extensive practical experience in a variety of care settings. If you are interested in a career which focuses on care, this course will provide you with the necessary qualifications.

This is a standalone one year course with the potential to progress on to a second year to obtain the diploma pending good attendance, high standards of behaviour and completion of assignment work and work placements.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at grades A*-C including English or an appropriate Level 2 qualification at a merit grade.

You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives so the college can formally write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships, and we will also request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You will have to attend lectures including tutor led sessions, practical sessions, workshops, and tutorials. A variety of teaching methods are implemented in order to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout the programme of study. Teaching and learning will take place both at college and in a real work environment to assist you in developing the practical skills required to achieve this qualification.

You will need to complete 14 mandatory units and 4 optional units to achieve this qualification.  The Mandatory Units include;

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Protection of Children, Young People and Adults in Health and Social Care

Optional Units include

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Behaviour Change in Health and Social Care
How will I be assessed

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including;

Assignment based tasks

Assessment at placement

Externally assessed assignments.

What next

The Extended Diploma equips you with the essential knowledge and skills required to progress to Higher Education in a related field of study.  The range if optional units, allows you to choose your preferred areas of interest and specialisms, such as;

Social Care

Health Studies

Health Sciences.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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