Level 3 Extended Diploma Health & Social Care

Start date(s):
1 Sep 2020
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3697 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


The health and social care industry provides physical, emotional and social support to help adults and older people live their lives. This advanced course will provide you with a solid background in health and social care to enable you to progress to further study or a rewarding career in this growing sector.
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This course aims to provide learners with the essential knowledge and skills required for progression to higher education or employment within the health and social care industry.


Extended Diploma Year 1
Mandatory Core Units
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care.

Extended Diploma Year 2
Mandatory Core Units
  • Empowerment in health and social care
  • Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Research Skills for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development.

Optional Group
  • Health educationm
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Family issues
  • Sociology of health and illness.

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Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


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

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed using the following methods:
  • Synoptic external extended assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Short answer questions
  • Role play
  • Practical demonstration of skills
  • Multi-choice test.

Synoptic assessment - there will be two externally set and externally marked assessments over the two years, one covering the ‘core mandatory’ units (to achieve the Certificate in year 1) and one covering the content of the Extended Diploma in year 2. This will encourage the learner to combine elements of their learning and show their accumulated knowledge across all units and/or learning outcomes.

There will be a maximum of one further opportunity after the first submission for learners to submit the extended assessments in order to achieve the D grade or improve a grade.

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:

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, inlcuding:
  • 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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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 75 in the Certificate year 1 and 100 in the Extended Diploma year 2. It is required that all learner will attend regularly as part of the study programme, and complete an evidenc portfolio of thier experince.

You could progress to a foundation degree or an honours degree, in a related subject area, at New College Durham or university. Alternatively you could prepare for a rewarding career in health and social care in a wide variety of roles such as youth and community worker, care assistant, support worker or social work assistant.

Meet our students

Rachael Donnachie

Rachael Donnachie

Rachael knew New College Durham could provide her with high quality teaching and support. 

Chelsea Huntington CS

Chelsea Huntington

An ex-Health and Social Care student, Chelsea Huntington, is eternally greatful for the help of her tutor who helped her find a job at Comfort Call as a Coordinator.

Laura Beacham CS

Laura Beacham

Laura now works as a Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Marriott Hotel in Durham.

Hannah Burnip CS

Hannah Burnip

After completing both her Level 2 and 3 diplomas in Health and Social Care, Hannah Burnip is now preparing to take her next steps into higher education.

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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, that 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 that 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

After application, all learners will be invited to attend a course specific interview, to discuss the suitability of the course for their individual requirements.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold at least 5 GCSEs at grade C/4, including English or maths.

This course is for 19+ learners only - student loan is therefore required.

You will be required to provide a Clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and two supportive references.