Level 3

Health & Social Care


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2023


Adult 19+

On this course you'll build on your learnings at Levels 1 & 2 to develop in-depth subject knowledge.

Once you've completed the extended certificate, you'll be prepared for specific study at Level 4 and above, degree-level courses, or employment in the sector.

You will have 1 exam at the end of the first term of this course and will be assessed by CACHE.

You will study 3 days a week, including your study programme of maths, English, work experience and tutorials. You will spend 2 days a week in a vocational placement and gain relevant experience to link this to your studies.

You must have 5 GCSEs including Maths & English at grade 5 or above to join the course.

If you want to choose your 'occupational pathway' as midwifery, nursing or physiotherapy, you'll also need one of these GCSEs to be in science.

Our staff are here to support you in your learning journey. They all have recent industry experience, and many of them continue to work in care alongside their teaching.

You'll spend 350 hours on industry placement during each year of the course.

Working in the industry allows you to put your knowledge into practice. It'll also help with progressing to further study or when looking for jobs.

On successful completion of the first year of the course leads directly on to the second (Extended) year. You must pass the exam, have excellent attendance and punctuality, in order to progress to the second year.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.