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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Extended Diploma

To provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential to the health care sector. The course is designed to offer learners a more specialised pathway to progress into the Health care industry through either Higher Education or directly into the workplace.


The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is designed for students aged 16+ who wish to work in a health related profession. Learning occurs through the completion of projected and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course provides much of the underpinning knowledge for National Occupational Standards, is equivalent to 3 A Levels and enables progression to employment or university. The CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care consists of 18 units over the two year course 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.
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care.
  • Working in health and social care.
  • Research skills for health and social care.
  • Personal and professional development.

A further four specialist units will be covered, consisting of units designed to facilitate specialist knowledge to enable progression to HE study in the health care sector:

  • Public health for health and social care.
  • Science and nutrition.
  • Mental health and well being.
  • Medication in health and social care.

In order to fully achieve the qualification you must have a minimum of 175 hours in a supported work placement. The course includes a placement for which all students will need to have a DBS enhanced disclosure. The College will apply and pay for the DBS check. 


Lectures, Practical Seminars, Personal Tutorials, Visits, Guest Speakers

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for 16-18 year olds. You will need 5 GCSE's at grade C or grade 4 or above, these must include English Language and Maths. GCSE Science is strongly advised, although some learners will be able to study GCSE Science alongside the qualification as part of their Study Programme. The course includes a placement and all students will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The College will apply and pay for this.

Interview Process

An interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

Our experienced tutors have worked in relevant vocational areas and are highly qualified in both teaching and their vocational area. They have worked in the Health and Care setting therefore have practical experience as well as knowledge and skills they bring to the classroom.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment occurs via a wide range of activities including written work, individual and group presentations, practical observations, Pod Casts and Tests.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression can include degrees in Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Paramedic, Health and Community Studies, Health Studies, Occupational Therapy, Radiotherapy, Support Rehabilitation, Operating Department Technician. Progression can also include careers in Palliative Care or various roles within the NHS.

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 13
  • Days:
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Fees: Free. This course is free for 16-18 year olds.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
  • Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

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