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NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

Course Information

Course Level – 3
Course Type – NCFE
Specific Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at Grade 4. including English and or Maths
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18

About The Course

A two-year course that explores many aspects of health and social care ranging from human lifespan development and public health to complimentary medicines and individual care and support.

There is an emphasis on real world experience through work placements and the chance to hear from and speak to professionals. Speakers include nurses, therapists and meditators.

Visits are made to the Nursing Department at UEL where they have a state of the art ward simulation, we also have links with The Barts Health Trust, this gives you the opportunity to carry out 1-week Nurse shadowing placements.

There is also an opportunity for a fully funded two-week placement in a care home or nursery in Portugal through Erasmus+.

How Is The Course Taught?

The course will be taught within a variety of learning environments, ranging from classrooms, the Learning Resource Centre, Think Tank and computer suites.

The course is taught by three members of staff with vast teaching experience.

How will I be Assessed?

There is continuous assessment mostly through written assignments but also other methods such as practical activities, presentations and professional discussions.

There are no examinations but there are 2 Extended Controlled Assessments which are externally marked.

All students carry out 175 hours of work placement over the 2 years, students find their own placements giving you control over where you go and how many types of work environment you experience.

What does it lead to?

Successful completion of the course can lead onto various degree courses at university ranging from Nursing and Social work to criminology, sociology, psychology, occupational therapy, probation or counselling services, housing, youth and community work, early years and education studies. Alternatively, you can enter employment or apprenticeships in the health or care sector.

The health and social care sector is one of the biggest employers in the UK with nearly four million people working in the sector. The demand for jobs is expected to increase by another 126,000 by 2020 (UK commission for employment and skills)

Nurses and Social workers average pay is around £27,000 a year while Public Health managers can earn up to £55,000 a year.

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