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Health Practitioner (Advanced) - Level 3


This course is a great step towards a career in the health and social sector, including popular careers such as a nurse, paramedic or pharmacist.

Year 1 of this qualification (Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care)  will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to apply for year 2 onto your chosen health care industry pathway.

Year 2 (Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care) is when you can start to specialise in your chosen career pathway. These pathways are a great way to learn a specific area of work and provide you with the skills, knowledge and UCAS points you need to progress to university and beyond.

Throughout the two years, you will also undertake a min of 175 hours of work placement in reputable local organisation or company. 

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20231410A1039FREEFREE* to £4670.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Microbiology for health
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Public health for health and social care
  • Work Placement

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 in English, maths and science, plus two other GCSEs at grade 4. Or, a Level 2 health and social care qualification, with a grade 4 in English, maths and science.
  • You will also need to be successful in an interview
  • An Enhanced DBS check.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

Assignment based with a variety of different tasks such as producing reports and information packs.

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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