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Health & Social Care

The level 3 national extended diploma in a health and social care is a 2 year full- time study vocational programme.

It is an in-depth study of the health and social care sector. It supports progression to health and social care related degree training, employment or an apprenticeship.

The qualification is an equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which 8 are Mandatory and 4 are external. This qualification attracts UCAS points.

You will be expected to complete 100 hours work placement each year.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs (must include English, Maths and Science if you are planning to go into Midwifery or Nursing ) at grades 9-4.

    You will meet with staff to discuss if this course is suitable for you and you may complete an initial assessment that indicates an appropriate level of English ability.

    Assessment Method

    You will be assessed through practical assessments and by building a portfolio of work throughout the year.

    • Practical assessment (Observation).

    • Exams to assess underpinning knowledge of the skills.

    • Assignments (written) reports and essays and oral questioning/professional discussion.

    • Regular reports on progress are provided to parents/guardians of students aged under 19 years.

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to provide transferable knowledge and skills for higher education. For example, transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university. The transferable skills that universities value include:

    • the ability to learn independently
    • the ability to research actively and methodically
    • being able to give presentations and being active group members. In addition, learners can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.

    The qualification also provides a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

    • reading technical texts
    • effective writing
    • analytical skills
    • preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

    This course also aims to provide employability skills.

    For example, there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills in the following three main categories:

    • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

    • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

    • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development. There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.

    Progression Opportunities

    The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

    • BSc (Hons) in Nursing
    • BA (Hons) in Social Work
    • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy
    • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
    • BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy
    • BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care.


    Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using tools and products recognised in the industry. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients that book in to visit the T'ien salon on site.

    There will be opportunities to venture out on educational visits and participate in professional training and workshops offered by external companies, and there will be competition work.

    Career Options

    You could choose to enter a career in:

    • Nursing
    • Midwifery
    • Speech therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Health promotion
    • Social Work Occupational Therapy and Health and social care.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 06/09/2021
End Date 30/06/2023


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698 p/year
24+ £3,698 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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Serifat Kareem

"Coming to Lewisham College gave me time to truly think about what I wanted to do as an undergraduate student, it really helped my decision to study for a Master’s afterwards – particularly the 'Professional Development' module."

Saikou Sanyang

Saikou Sanyang

"We had a great bond as a class, and our course tutor was always willing to go the extra mile to support learners. I feel that I have really grown both personally and professionally."

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