Course Overview

These qualifications are suitable for learners aged 16 or above who wish to progress onto Level 3 Health and Social Care.

This course is a stepping stone to enable those learners who still need to complete a GCSE in Mathematics or English alongside their vocational studies.

This is an academic-based course where a number of units will be studied relating to the Health and Social Care industry.

There will be a two week block placement towards the end of this course.

Course Structure

The course incorporates:

Mathematics, English, Health, Safety and Well-being and a work placement.

These qualifications cover a range of key subject areas in health and social care. The Extended Diploma includes a bank of optional units, allowing you to pursue an interest in chosen subject areas.​



Entry Requirements

You must be at least 16 years old.

Three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English or Mathematics but neither of these can be lower than Grade D/3.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

  • Lectures and Workshops
  • Placement experience
  • Discussions and group work
  • Research projects
  • Class activities.

You will create a portfolio of evidence based on knowledge and skills gained from assignments and observations from a work placement.

Skills You Will Develop

These qualifications provide direct progression to the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. You can also progress onto further learning at Level 3 and above.


These qualifications do not provide a licence to practise, but may support progression into a range of job roles in the health and social care sector, including:

  •  Care support workers in adult residential settings
  •  Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
  •  Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
  •  Community-based support workers.

How You Will Be Assessed

All units in these qualifications are internally graded A* - D.

Things You May Need

  • Pens and paper
  • Lever arch file
  • Memory sticks.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].