This vocational course, equivalent to 1.5 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. It forms Year 1 of a possible two-year programme which will lead to an extended Diploma.
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.
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. Students are expected to integrate the experience they gain on placement into their 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. 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 studying for the full extended Diploma in Year 2 which in turn 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