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Health & Social Care: Level 3 Extended Diploma

We have excellent links for work placements with the public sector and private care providers.

Course information

Course Summary

This course prepares you for a variety of careers in health and social care, for example, Nursing, Social Work, Probation, Youth Work, Radiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. You will study a range of subjects including equality, diversity and rights in health and social care, first aid, human physiology, and effective communication. You will also attend work placements in different settings for 300 hours.

Course Code:N4640
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Awarded by:NCFE CACHE
Course Length

Two years. 

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

18 units over 2 years.

Core units:

  • Communication in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Personal and professional development in health and social care (includes work experience)
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Specialist units which may include:

  • Nutrition for health and social care
  • Research project
  • Complementary therapies
  • Infection prevention control
  • Mental health and wellbeing

The course forms the main vocational element in your individual programme of study which will also include an opportunity to improve your GCSEs in English and Maths if you do not already have these. Work experience in a health care or early years setting is an essential part of the course.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for total of 200 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23 £3,542

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

All applicants will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course. The cost of this is £52.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and preferably a Science. We will also require a satisfactory reference from your school for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Progressing Students

Progressing students require a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or a C grade equivalent. Plus a satisfactory reference and excellent attendance.

Please note, all applicants will be asked to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before starting the course.

Your Next Steps

If you are successful on this course you may progress to Higher Education, professional training or directly into a range of occupations in health and social care.

Potential career routes in the Health and Social Care industry:

  • Ambulance staff
  • Care, teaching, pharmacy or nursery assistant
  • Community project worker
  • Environmental health
  • Health care practice worker
  • Health psychology
  • Home carer
  • Key worker
  • Midwife
  • Nursing
  • Nursing home practitioner
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health
  • Residential warden
  • Social worker
  • Speech therapist
  • Teaching assistant
  • Welfare professional
  • Youth worker
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021