Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course will appeal to you if you have a keen interest in health and care, and are unsure of the sector in which to progress. If you have a lively and enquiring mind, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate ideas effectively, this course is right for you. If you are considering a career in the health care sector, nursing or social work, this course will support you to discover the whole sector.

The course offers valuable work experience opportunities in a range of placements with local care providers, including care of the elderly and specialist care placements. It will help you develop key skills that are valued by employers and universities, and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.

Units may include:

  • Human growth and development
  • Working in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Psychological and sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Infection prevention in health and social care

You will have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way, both in the classroom and on work placements.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence using a range of assessment methods. These may include assignments, individual research, project work, presentations and written assignments. You will also complete 100 hours of work placements in health and social care related settings in each year of the course.

Progression Options

On successful completion of the course, you will have access to a range of career opportunities in the sector such as care support work in residential settings, working as a Healthcare Assistant in community, primary care and acute health environments and community-based support work. You can also access Higher Education studies in fields including social work, criminology, nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy. You will learn and use a variety of transferable skills that are in great demand and recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value.

Course Summary

Course Title Health and Social Care Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including English, Maths and Science, or a relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit grade overall as well as a Distinction in human body systems if you do not hold a GCSE grade 4 in Science. Acceptance is subject to a successful interview and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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My tutors have helped me think about my future and whether I want to progress to the Level 3 qualification or start an Apprenticeship at Musgrove Park Hospital. Either option leads me to university and becoming a fully qualified paediatric nurse.

Emily Hendrie

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