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Sept 2019
Start Time
2 Years
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Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is lacking and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

*** This programme is collecting 'expressions of interest' and can only be formally applied for when it is confirmed by the NHS that they are running the programme next year.***

This programme is for those who wish to start their career journey into Healthcare. You will study for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 3 A Levels) at the College for three days per week and spend two days per week on placement at University Hospital Morecambe Bay Trust, gaining significant practical hands-on experience that will develop your skills and employability further.

A key feature of this programme is the fact that you will spend 40% of your week for two years gaining hands-on work experience in a hospital setting and this will be ideal preparation to support you to move into the health profession. During the course, you will have two allocated placements, either in ward, clinical or therapy areas in direct contact with patients, supported by ward staff and gaining first-hand experience. A selection of activities you can expect to be completed during your training includes: talking and reassuring patients, feeding patients, X rays and assisting with bathing and dressing patients. You can on occasion expect to be involved in observing ward rounds and non-invasive clinical procedures.

There are opportunities for learners to go on both national and international trips, for example, Poland (Krakow), France (Paris), and university visits to UCLAN, University of Cumbria and Edge Hill. The department also organises a variety of team building activities, e.g. foot golf, bowling, Alton Towers, walking and orienteering, treasure hunts, and to Grizedale Forest - Go Ape!

The course allows you to specialise in your chosen area and study the following units:

- Equality; Diversity and Rights
- Applying Sociology
- Applying Psychology
- Personal and Professional Development
- Developing Effective Communication
- Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Public Health
- Caring for Children and Young People

All sessions involve a range of activities, including lectures, supported workshops, group and individual research, presentations and role play.

Presentations by the tutor and students will be used to develop communication and other transferable skills. To support differentiation a tiered level of questioning and case studies, for the different levels will be used, as well as mixed and same ability group work to challenge and support learning. Additional study support will be given when needed, either one to one or as a group.

The units are assessed internally, and this assessment is ongoing over the duration of the course. Evidence for these assessments can be generated through a range of activities, including, controlled assessments, role play, verbal presentations, essays, reports, case studies, witness testimonies, observation, portfolios, posters and leaflets.

The course is 2 years in duration, and you will gain an Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3. Equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language. A Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Science subject would be advantageous but is not essential.

Through the application process and at the interview you will also be expected to demonstrate a passion and commitment to working in the health sector.

Interviews will be held at Kendal College with UHMB Vocational Services staff and Kendal College tutors.

After Your Course

After the course you could:
- Study at university to gain a degree
- Study as a higher level or degree apprentice while in employment
- Apply for full-time employment in a wide variety of health care roles

Career opportunities include:

- Adult & Children's Nursing
- Paediatric Nursing
- District Nursing
- Learning Disability Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Midwifery
- Paramedic

As well as other Allied Health Professions such as radiography, theatre, occupational therapy and podiatry. Note: this list is only a small selection of possible opportunities that would be open to you after successfully completing this course.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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