This vocational course, equivalent to two 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 and this will be topped up to the full Extended Diploma in the second year.
An interview is essential and you will need one of the following:
Evidence of good attendance is also required. Voluntary work or work experience is desirable. You will also need to be DBS checked.
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.
You need practical, smart clothing and shoes for your placement. For some placements, you may have to purchase a shirt to wear. You must also cover your travel costs to your placement.
You will need to apply and pay for your DBS check.
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.