Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and runs for two years.

Entry requirements

•    At least five GCSE at grades 4 or above including English and maths
•    A Diploma at merit in a related subject with GCSE English at grade 4 and Level 2 maths
•    You will also need to successfully pass a Disclosure Barring Service Check

Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme

You will achieve

  • After two years you will achieve a CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Course overview

This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore health and social care in its broadest context and aims to develop independent learners who are able to successfully progress in to health and social care related professions. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in valuable work experience in a range of placements with local health and social care providers.

The Level 3 Award, Level 3 Technical Certificate and Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care have been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education or assist with progression into the workplace.

These qualifications have been designed and written by a team of subject matter experts, and involved employers and Higher Education Institutions in the planning their content.

These qualifications cover a wide range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Extended Diploma includes a wide range of optional units, allowing learners to pursue an interest in the specific areas of social care, health studies and health sciences, while still allowing enough diversity for the optional units to be tailored to suit a learner’s preferred progression path.

Course content

Learners will complete 18 units throughout their two years in college and will also be expected to participate in a minimum of 100 hours of work placement, which will be organised by the Placement Liaison Officer.

There is a mixture of study methods employed on the programme, these being lectures, practical exercises, group workshops, and discussions to stimulate your interest and enhance your learning.
All learners will receive two hours of tutorial provision per week alongside their programme of study.

The course has a number of core and specialist units which learners must achieve in order to be accredited with the CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

The following areas are covered:

Core units

  • Communication for Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights for Health and Social Care
  • Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Human growth and development
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Research Skills for Health and Social Care

Specialist Units

  • Public Health for Health and Social Care
  • Physiology of Ageing
  • Partnership working
  • Health Education
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives
  • Health Psychology
  • Dementia awareness
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care

You will be continually assessed on this programme through a wide variety of course work, which may take several forms e.g. an essay, a report, a presentation, and/or group work.  You will need to complete and achieve a minimum of a pass grade for all your assignment work to be awarded the CACHE Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Technical Extended Diploma includes an Anatomy and Physiology exam.

No specialist equipment required, although access to a computer and the internet from home would be of benefit.  A text book will be required for some subjects.


Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as nursing, midwifery, or other paramedical professions such as chiropody, laboratory technician, operating department technician, cardiology or audiology.
You could also apply for other degrees such as Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Social Work, Health and Community Studies and Psychology.



How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care Level 3 Full-time

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