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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 7395.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-year vocational course, equivalent to three A-levels, leads to a recognised qualification for entering health and social care professions or for further training such as university courses. Combining academic study and application of theories, it includes a mandatory work placement.

In Year 1, you will achieve the Foundation Diploma which is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. This will be topped up to the full extended Diploma in the second year.

Entry requirements

An interview is essential and you will need one of the following:

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Science or Maths (grade 4 or above) and English (grade 4 or above)
  • A Merit/Distinction in a relevant Level 2 course – such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care – with GCSE English at grade C or above.

Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS checked.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework with internally set assignments.  You are expected to integrate the experience you gain on placement into your assignments. There are two exams in Year 1 and a further two in Year 2.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need practical, smart clothing and shoes for your placement.  You must also cover your travel costs to your placement. You may be required to purchase a shirt for some of your placements. You will need to apply and pay for your DBS.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

This course can lead to degree level study at university, with courses in subjects such as Nursing or Social Work.


You can pursue your career in the wide-ranging health and social care sector.


This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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