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Health & Social Care

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (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 was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student