Health & Social Care – Technical Extended Diploma – Level 3

This course has been designed to prepare you for work in health related careers in a professional capacity. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities that you will need for your successful performance in the workplace.

This course has been planned and written by a team of subject matter experts, and its content has been reviewed by both employers and Higher Education institutions to enable you to access Higher Education as a route of progression.

This course promotes high quality care and support and has been mapped to the standards within the Care Certificate.

You will be required to attend placement in a real work environment to support you learning.

There is a huge demand for workers in the health and social care sector, with plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which a high percentage of workers report they feel their work makes a difference. The number of health and social care jobs is projected to grow to around 2.2 million by 2025.


What topics/modules are covered?

This course covers a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care, including:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • 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

In order to achieve this qualification, must achieve the internally assessed unit assessments for:

  • 14 mandatory units
  • 4 optional units

You must also achieve the:

  • Certificate External Assessment
  • Extended Diploma External Assessment
  • Short Answer Examination

You will complete a minimum of 175 placement hours.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4/5) or above. It would be beneficial for you to also have subjects such as Maths, a Science or Humanity at Grade C (new grading system: 4/5)


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry relevant experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

This course is designed to provide you with a choice of routes into either further study at degree level or employment within the health and social care sector.

Examples of career opportunities within the sector are:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Personal Support Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Residential Social Worker
  • Supported Living Coordinator
  • Youth Worker
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Charity Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Health Service Manager
  • Lifestyle Consultant
  • Nutritional Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nursing

What qualification will I gain?

Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
Free Free £7,395

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

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Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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