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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

This advanced course, supported by NHS Trusts, Whiston Hospital and the Northwest Ambulance Service, combines work placements in settings such as specialist units, outpatient wards and care homes, with the theory in the classroom.

If you are interested in a career within an allied health profession, this course could form part of a Cadetship.

Our Health and Social Care alumna, Shannon, completed this course as part of a Cadetship and has since progressed to Edge Hill University to study Adult Nursing.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Empowerment in Health and Social Care
  • Protection of Young Children and Adults
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Research Skills for Health and Social care
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Dementia
  • Medication

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through various methods including externally marked assignments, examinations, case studies, presentations, reflective diaries, group displays, and video and campaign work.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can support you to do this alongside your course.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £40 and can be claimed back once you have successfully completed this course.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

On this course, you could accrue up to 168 UCAS Tariff Points to take you on to university.

Many students have chosen careers within the health care sector as a Care Assistant, Support Worker, Nurse, Social Worker, Midwife, Environmental Health Officer and health education and management professions to name a few.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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“I have had so many insightful experiences as part of my Cadetship at College. From working on a respiratory ward and shadowing paramedics to supporting patients with dementia in a care home.”

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

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