Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care – September 2022

Start Date: 12 September 2022
Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 2 years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

If you want to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to help you prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and further study in health or social care, this course will provide you with access to a range of career opportunities.

You will develop a strong foundation for progression onto a wide variety of degree courses, including diagnostic radiography, oncology and radiotherapy and midwifery. You will develop study skills, self-confidence and communication skills through group work, role play and presentations.

Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. You will undertake a workplacement for one day per week that link to you and your career goals. It provides an ideal way to gain experience in the area you are interested in working in.

All Level 3 students must wear a course placement uniform while at their work placement.

During this course you will be asked to carry out work experience that is relevant to the subject you are studying. This is with an external company and allows you to put what you will learn in the classroom into practice. It will also help you to develop a variety of different skills. Upon completion of the course and the industry placement, it can also help you to secure an apprenticeship, employment or assist you with your application for university. We recommend that you start thinking about your placement as soon as you have applied for your course and consider potential employers you may want to undertake the placement with to help you get the most out of the experience. For further information and advice on industry placements please contact the industry placement team on wex@chesterfield.ac.uk

Course Content

Key modules on this course include:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Professional Development
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Life-Stage Development
  • Psychology and Sociology for Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Nutrition and Public Health.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*- C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language and Maths.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course.

Assessment Methods

  • coursework
  • examinations


Students who successfully complete this course can apply to the degree programmes which lead to careers in: Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography/Radiotherapy, Social Work, Early Childhood Studies, Occupational Therapy, Youth and Community Work, Operating Department Practitioner, Applied Social Sciences, Psychology/Sociology.


£7395.00 incl VAT