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

Course Overview

This two-year course is designed to deliver you into employment in the sector or to support you to progress on to a university programme at University Centre Somerset or other universities, and has been developed with employers to ensure that you are well prepared for your next step. If you are considering a career in the health care sector, nursing or social work, this course will support you to discover the range of employment opportunities available.

The course offers valuable work experience opportunities in a range of placements with local care providers. It will help you develop key skills that are valued by employers and universities and gain confidence by developing independent learning skills that will support you to access further training and qualifications.

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
  • Promoting public health
  • Work experience in health and Social care
  • Caring for individuals with dementia.

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 as well as external assessments in year 1 and 2 in the form of exams and supervised studies.

Progression Options

On completion of your course, you will have learnt a variety of transferable skills that are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value. These skills will help you gain access to a range of career opportunities in the health sector, residential settings, in the community, primary care and acute health environments and community-based support work. If you wish to continue your studies, you could progress onto an Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) Foundation Degree  with University Centre Somerset or similar courses at other Universities.

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 and maths science would be an advantage. You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with no disclosures as you will complete work placements in a health or healthcare setting as part of your course.

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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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