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Health & Social Care Level 3 Certificate & Extended Diploma

Childcare students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC)


Health & Social Care Level 3 Certificate & Extended Diploma

This two year course is ideal for those who want to pursue a career in the following areas; adult residential care home, nursing home, day centre, community care, special schools, nursing, counselling, paramedic science, midwifery and social work.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements: 

4 GCSEs grades 9-4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

Assessment methods:

Course work, External assessment (marked by awarding body) and Presentations

Course content

This course covers a wide range of subject areas; psychology, sociology, infection prevention, anatomy and physiology, research project, communication, safeguarding and equality and diversity amongst others. This ensures that there is something that would meet everyone’s preferred interest.

Next steps

Study options

Apprenticeships in nursing, support work, care worker Degree in Nursing, midwifery, social work, paramedic science, primary teaching, public health, psychology, criminology, sociology, health and social care Employment; support worker, care worker, teaching assistant, opticians’ receptionist, dental receptionist, dental nurse.

What are the expected employment sectors for this course

Care homes, day centres, health centres, community care, supported living, hospitals and special schools.

Additional information

Equipment and other costs

Course Text book, paper pens, folders

What additional work outside of college will I need to do?

You will spend a minimum of one day per week at work experience to accumulate specific minimum hours; 75 hours in Year one (Certificate) and 100 hours in Year two (Extended Diploma)

Do I need to find a work placement? Do I need a DBS?

Work Placements need to be completed in health and social care related settings such as Care homes, day centres, supporting students with additional needs, dentist reception, optician reception and special schools

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.