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Health & Social Care Diploma Level 3 - Principles and Contexts

At a glance

  • Full Time

  • 2 Years

  • Graig Campus

This course has been developed to ensure that learners are prepared for work and further study in a fast developing skills sector.

The qualification is knowledge-based and designed for post-16 learners who want to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge related to the health and social care sector. It will provide a sound basis for learners who want to progress to higher education or to the workplace.

Programme Features

The qualification will cover the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required by the health and social care sectors.

Topics included are:

  • Factors affecting individuals growth and development across the lifespan
  • Understanding how the human body is affected by common conditions.
  •  Principles of care and safe practice within outcome focused person centred care.
  •   Anatomy and physiology
  • Supporting the health and well being of adults in Wales.
  • Promoting the rights of  individuals across the lifespan.
  • Supporting the individuals at risk to achieve their desired outcomes.
  • Working in the health and social care sector
  • Investigating contemporary issues in health and social care Wales.

As part of the course you will be required to attend work placement.  This is an integral and a mandatory part of completing the course.

Programme content

You will study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Principles and Contexts. These qualifications are the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.

This course also includes the following:

  • Tutorial Program
  • Progress Review
  • Literacy and Numeracy development through various pathways: GCSE resits, Agored Qualifications, Essential Skills Wales, WEST and Welsh language development.

This course will cover content which can be sensitive and triggering for some students. Topics such as abuse, safeguarding, mental health and addiction are all covered with some areas being taught in more detail than others.

Progression and employment

Successful completion of the course is the equivalent of three A levels and will enable you to progress to higher-level courses in areas including:

  • social care
  • speech and language therapy
  • psychology
  • midwifery 
  • occupational health
Method of assessment

The qualifications will be assessed through a combination of external written assessments and non-exam assessments.

This qualification is available to be assessed through the medium of Welsh and English.

Entry requirements

All applicants will need a positive reference. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

An applicant for the Level 3 course will need to have:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C including English language or Welsh first language. Mathematics needs to be grade D or above.

Learners progressing from a course at Coleg Sir Gar will have different entry requirements to include - successful completion and engagement on the current programme of study, proven skills development, good attendance levels and will be in receipt of a positive reference.

Additional costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

Enhanced DBS - £44

Uniform (Hoodie and T-shirt) - Approximately £40

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Get in Touch

Graig Campus
Sandy Road
SA15 4DN
01554 748000
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Coleg Sir Gar is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08539630 and is a registered charity No. 1152522. 
The registered office is at The Graig Campus, Sandy Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DN