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NCFE CACHE Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care - 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.

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Entry requirements

This course is only avaliable to those aged 16-18 years 

Year 1: Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C in English language and maths and preferably science or a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at C grade or Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner with appropriate English, maths and science qualifications. You will need to have a DBS check to enable you to attend a work placement.

Year 2: Successful completion of Year 1, Level 3.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.


Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1410A1039FREEFREE* 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.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

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

What does the course lead to?

Year 1 will give you a Level 3 NCFE CACHE Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care and this can lead to employment in a range of health care settings or an apprenticeship. To progress to year 2 of the programme you will need to have achieved the Level 3 Technical Certificate in Health and Social Care with at least an
overall grade C.

Year 2 can lead to university-level courses to study a range of health care professions including: nursing, midwifery, quaified paramedic and mental health nurse.

What will I study?

You will study a range of units including:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • 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

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • University-level course in a related subject
  • Employment within the health and social care sector

How do I apply?

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

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