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NCFE CACHE Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Advanced) - Level 3


This is a vocational course equivalent to A Levels. You will be required to undertake work placements within the health and social care sector caring for a range of different client groups. There will also be an expectancy that you do voluntary work throughout the course.

Please note, you will need to complete the certificate before progressing to the extended diploma.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20221 yr(s)1410A1039FREEApply

* 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?

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Infection, prevention and control in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Reflective practice
  • Human growth and development
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Work placement of 75 hours in year 1 and 175 hours in year 2.

Entry requirements

  • This course is only avaliable to 16-18 year olds.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English language, maths and science
  • Or, completion of the NCFE CACHE Certificate in Health and Social Care (Intermediate) - Level 2 and a proven ability of English language and maths (ideally GCSEs at grade 4).
  • You will need to have a successful DBS check.
  • You will also need to supply a written reference from your teacher or employer along with your current school/college report to indicate your attendance pattern and achievements.

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?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework, placement reports and controlled externally assessed tasks.

What can I progress onto?

  • University-level study
  • An apprenticeship.


How do I apply?

Call the college on 0808 100 3626 for an application form or apply online.

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