NSCG | Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
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Course overview

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge, understanding and skills in health and social care learning environment leading to a widely recognised national qualification for those who wish to work in a caring career or progress into higher education. In year 2 learners are able to transfer to the Health Studies pathway that is often preferred by universities for learners wishing to progress to midwifery, children’s nursing, physiotherapy. Alternatively the Social Care pathway will offer further studies onto programmes such as adult nursing, social work, youth work, psychology and health related degrees.
The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.
Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

What else do I need to know?

On a Level 3 Health and Social Care course you are expected to complete work placement experience over the duration of the 2 year programme. You will be supported on your course by a personal tutor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your targets for achievement. Throughout your course there will also be opportunities to get involved in extra activities and organised trips that will support your learning. Many of our resources can be accessed both at College and from home using our intranet service and well equipped Learning Resource Centre.

What are the entry requirements?

Usually a minimum of four high grades at GCSE (4-9) in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

How is it assessed?

Your progress will be through a combination of methods assessed during the course. This will include four externally assessed units, assignments, practical activities and project work. In addition to your tutor’s assessment you will develop the ability to carry out your own evaluation of your success. Having provided evidence in these ways to show that you are competent in each unit you will gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On completion of the Level 3 course you can go on to study higher education with a range of universities which offer health, science and care related degrees. Alternatively you can choose to start an apprenticeship within a caring environment or alternatively advice and support is offered within the careers department based within the college or employment opportunities in the workplace.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Zoe Pickard, by emailing: zoe.pickard@nscg.ac.uk

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