Level 2 Extended Diploma Health & Social Care

Start date(s):
1 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health & Education)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This interesting course will provide you with an introduction to a wide range of key subject areas within health and social care.

You will gain essential skills and knowledge to help you to progress to further study. You will gain an understanding of health and social care as you study areas such as lifespan development, health and social care values, effective communication skill, healthy living and equality and diversity. You will also be able to put what you have learnt into practice through a work placement.
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You will study a range of relevant and sector specific uits, including:
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Individual Needs in Health and Social Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Healthy Living
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Individual Rights in Health and Social Care.

You will also study sector specific units to develop skills relevant to working in Health and Social Care.

There is a requirement for all students to attend and successfully complete 35 hours work experience - this element is compulsory and a requirement of the course.

GSCS / Functional Skills will also form a compulsory part of your programme of study. Functional Skills are the core elements of English and Math's that will provide learners with essential skills, knowledge and an understanding of how these areas of study operate within the wider context. They are delivered alongside the main programme and are independently assessed through exams.


Students will be required to complete five (5) core and two (2) optional modules;

Core modules
  • Equality,Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
  • Communication in Health and Care
  • Working in Health and Social Care.

Optional modules
  • Creative Activities in Health and Social Care
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is through portfolio which includes a series of assignments as well as completing all your placement requirements. All assessments are internally graded A* to D under the CACHE framework and regulations.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Both maths and English are embedded into the main study programme. You will need basic maths when calculating physiological measurements, fluid balance calculations, medication management, calculation of sufficient space alongside care and equipment cost calculations. English is important in the workplace as it allows efficient and effective communication with colleagues, service users and staff. You will be required to speak and listen effectively when caring for service users, families, and friends and with other professionals working within a multidisciplinary team, to ensure assessment of need is accurate. You will also need to be able to use a number of different strategies to overcome communication barriers. Reading and writing skills and very important when completing recording documentation and are an essential requirement to ensure that the correct care is implemented from the recorded care plans and referral notes. Written and oral English skills will be vital during completion of classroom based sessions. You will be required to partake in a range of group work, including discussions, observations, research and written evaluations. You will also be responsible for producing letters and emails to industry standards.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

In order to gain a deeper understanding of the health and social care industry, learners will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support their learning. The minimum required number of placement hours is 100 for the Extended Diploma.

We have strong links with a variety of leading employers within this sector. We are fortunate to be able to access this knowledge and experience and not only welcome them into our environment but for us to visit their places of work, including:
  • Day Care Centres
  • Private Residential / Nursing Care
  • Gainford Homes
  • Four Seasons Health Care
  • Barchester Health Care
  • DACC
  • MIND
  • Innovations
  • Pathways
  • Hospice Care.

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All students are required to attend and complete a 35 hours work based placement. To support this all students are required to have a satisfactory DBS check to gain entry on to this programme.

This qualification uses learners' work experience as a focal point and enabling learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. A key feature is also the opportunity for learners to produce a personal and professional development portfolio, which links many aspects of their programme to placement.

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification in a related area, or an apprenticeship, at New College Durham. With further study you could prepare for a rewarding career as a care support worker in adult residential settings; healthcare assistant in community, primary care and acute health environments; care support worker in domiciliary services, supported living or day services; or a community-based support worker.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

All students will be required to purchase a tunic, which will be worn in all practical and work based activities. This tunic can be purchased directly from our supplier at a cost of approximately £20 (plus P&P).

Students will also have an option of purchasing further, non-compulsory, items of uniform such as t-shirts (approx. £10), polo-shirts (approx. £10) and hoodies (approx. £17.50) - again all items can be purchased directly from our supplier and posted directly.

All students will be asked to contribute £30 to support study costs, which will include programme specific revision and unit guides and any programme trips and visits, to support learning. This money will be paid on commencing the programme.

Interview Instructions

All students wishing to study this programme are required to successfully attend and complete a successful interview with a member of the Health and Social Care team. All students will also be required to have a suitable personal reference to support their application.

For internal students progressing from a Level 1 programme, you will be required to demonstrate evidence of good attendance within your previous study programme , including maths and English.

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis.
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Entry Criteria

You will need 4 GCSEs grade D/3 (or equivalent), including maths or English Language.

The main study programme will consist of (1) Main Programme (2) GCSE or Functional Skills maths or English Language, for those without a grade 'C' (or numerical equivalent) on entry, and (3) Work Based Placement. All components of the main study programme are compulsory and an attendance of above 90% is required.