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Health and Social Care (Extended Diploma)


 Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma Health and Social Care  (Triple A level equivalent)

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE’s 9-4 grade including English and Maths grade 4 or above. In addition to this learners must have gained at least a Merit at Level 2 Health and Social Care or a 4-4 in Combined Sciences or a 4 in Biology at GCSE level.

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Course overview

A 2 year course where Students will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills.  This course will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to progress onto Higher Education on a health and social care-related programme such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science or Early Childhood Studies. Learners will learn by applying their skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in health, social care and child care workplaces.


This will allow them to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people they are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst they maintain control of their own care and support.


Students will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses.


Students will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care, so that they can ensure the people they are working with are not only able to access all the care and support they are entitled to, but are also able to protect themselves from any harm or abuse whilst at work.


Cambridge Technicals provide a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points*



The assessment units include:

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1

Building positive relationships in health and social care (Coursework)

Unit 2

Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 3

Health, safety and security in health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 4

Anatomy and physiology for health and social care (External Exam)

Unit 6

Personalisation and a person-centred approach to care (External Exam)

Unit 7

Safeguarding (External Exam)

Unit 14

The long term impact on physiological conditions (Coursework)

Unit 25

Research Methods in Health, Social Care and Childcare (External Exam)

Optional units chosen by the class teacher:

Unit 5

Infection control (Coursework)

Unit 8

Creativity and Activity for children and young people (Coursework)

Unit 10

Nutrition for Health (Coursework)

Unit 11

Career planning in HSC (Coursework)

Unit 12

Promoting Positive behaviour (Coursework)

Unit 13

Sexual Health (Coursework)

Unit 16

 Supporting people with Dementia (Coursework)

Unit 17

Supporting people with Mental Health conditions (Coursework)

Unit 21

Looked after children and young people (Coursework)

Unit 24

Public Health (Coursework)

*Please note these units are subject to change

**This course is equivalent to three A-levels

The grading system for the Extended Diploma-





Career Pathways

Employment and progression routes for health and social care students are numerous as the Health and Social Care sector is a growing and diverse sector with many opportunities across, social care, mental health and early years. 

Students who study Health and Social Care can go on to work in childcare, teaching, nursing, midwifery, community work, counselling, occupational therapy, criminology, social work, palliative care, and care for the elderly. Students can also go onto careers such as community development work, counselling or mental health or youth work.



Visit to University for HSC taster Days

Work experience

The opportunity to talk to outside speakers and students currently studying medical degree courses


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Ursuline College is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.