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Foundation-Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 3 Vocational
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

Are you serious about pursuing an exciting, challenging career in health and social care? Do you have a genuine interest in finding out about the varying needs of people of all ages? If so, this Level 3 study programme can give you a really valuable qualification that opens doors to university or employment.

This programme is designed to give you a real grounding in the ethics and values of health and social care, as well as the knowledge needed for professional development. You will have opportunities to work with different health and care providers to widen your skill set.


The first year of study will comprise of the following:

Human Lifespan Development:
Understanding human lifespan development, the different influences on an individual's development and how this relates to their care needs. Assessment for this unit is through a 90 minute exam.

Working in Health and Social Care:
Roles and responsibilities of health & social care practitioners and organisation. Some of roles will be covered include social workers, occupational therapists, midwifery and care workers. This is assessed through a 90 minute exam.

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs:
Introduction to the values and skills that you will need to work in health and social care. Explore the ethical issues that may arise and the challenges that are faced when providing personalised care. This is internally assessed.

Principles of Safe Practice:
Safe working practices are vital for protecting yourself and service users from harm and for promoting well-being. This is internally assessed.

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs:
While working in health and social care, you may care for a full range of individuals who have additional needs. This unit gives you specialist knowledge that can be crucial to ensuring those with additional needs meet their full potential. This is internally assessed.

Physiological Disorders and their Care:
Different types of physiological disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated will be explored in this unit. This is internally assessed.

In order to gain the full Extended Diploma, the second year content will include the following:

Anatomy & Physiology:
Understanding basic human anatomy and physiology is essential to understanding how the body works. You should know how the body functions normally to appreciate what happens when something goes wrong. Assessment is through a 90 minute exam.

Enquiries into Current Research in H&SC:
Research in health and social care potentially affects the health and well-being of everyone at each phase of their lives. You will investigate a current issue in H&SC using a literature search methodology. Assessment will involve a three hour controlled assessment.

Promoting Public Health:
Understand the topic of how public health is promoted throughout the world, but especially in the UK. To obtain a higher grade for this unit you will need to evaluate how far health strategies meet the aims of health factors in Britain and how successful a recent health strategy has been. This will be assessed internally.

Work Experience in Health and Social Care:
You will reflect on and develop the personal attributes and skills required to work in this sector. This is a practical unit that will teach you the benefits of work experience and provide a two week placement opportunity in which you can develop, apply and reflect on knowledge and skills in a real-life situation.

Psychological Perspectives:
Psychology is a science devoted to the study of the human mind and behaviour. You will be introduced to several psychological perspectives and will be encouraged to not only understand them but also apply them to a work setting. This will be assessed internally.

Caring for Individuals with Dementia:
A diagnosis of dementia can be a challenging experience for individuals and their relatives. By the end of this unit you should appreciate the importance of maintaining independence and dignity.

Assessing Children's Development Support Needs:
Knowing about children and how to support them as they grow and develop are important aspects of working with young people. There are many factors that have impact on growth and development and you will have the opportunity to explore and understand this process. You will also learn about assessment methods. This will be assessed internally.
This programme is assessed through a combination of assessments and exams. There will be two exams in the first year, alongside a number of written assessments. In the second year, there will be one exam, one externally-assessed unit, as well as written assessments.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you start the course.
This programme can open up all kinds of Higher Education options for you, including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work and primary teaching.
We work closely with local organisations, to enable our students to experience real-life placements within the industry. You will have the opportunity to develop transferable, relevant skills which enhance your CV or UICAS application.
On your first day at college, you'll need to bring your GCSE certificates and your original DBS check.
There is a charge for the DBS - the Advice and Guidance Centre will be able to advise you regarding this.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Is this course suitable for a career in medicine, dentistry or secondary school teaching?
A: For these careers, you would need additional subject specific qualifications.

Q: Do I need a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care to study at Level 3?
A: No, you can begin to study this subject area at Level 3.

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