Health & Social Care

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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Social Care - Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma SF-HESC3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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This Health & Social Care course has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector and prepare you for the challenges you’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, this course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. You will develop professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin your skills. This will allow you to offer specific, person-centred care and support and build positive relationships with the people you are working with, so that their needs and requirements are met whilst you maintain control of your own care and support.

You will get the chance to do placements in both years to give you the practical experience you need to go to university.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics (a Science is recommended). Level 2 in Health and Social Care with preferably a Distinction (may accept Merit with a good reference).

On this Level 3 course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following:

Year 1

  • Building Positive Relationships in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care (Examined)
  • Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care (Examined)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care (Examined)
  • Safeguarding (Examined)
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Psychology for Health and Social Care
  • Sociology for Health and Social Care
  • Supporting People with Learning Disabilities

Year 2

  • Personalisation and a Person-Centred Approach to Care (Examined)
  • Infection Control
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • The Impact of Long-Term Physiological Conditions
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Supporting People with Dementia
  • Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions
  • Research Methods in Health, Social Care and Childcare (Examined)

HSDC South Downs offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and group discussions. You will have access to Google Classroom and use other online and digital resources to create your assignments. We also have visits from guest speakers from individuals in the profession and all students undertake 60 – 100 hours of placements.




You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework portfolio and external examinations.

This course is designed to provide progression to Higher Education and further training for employment, in a health science profession, education or social care. Our previous students have gone onto a variety of careers including nursing, midwifery, social work, health studies, teaching, youth and community studies.

We have excellent links with local health, early years education and social care providers, who provide an interactive experience for you in the form of placements and presentations.

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student