Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

Exam Board: OCR

2 years

Equivalent to: 3 A Levels

Course Content:

You will study:

  • how and why people communicate, the role of body language in finding out what people are really thinking
  • the importance of treating people with respect and dignity and what happens when you don’t
  • how to keep people safe according to their ability
  • how people develop and change throughout their lives
  • the way the body works and what happens when it doesn’t
  • sociology & psychology
  • planning care according to an individual’s wishes
  • caring for older people and people with extra needs
  • study skills, including how to read quickly and efficiently and how to write report
  • And a range of other science and social based units.


From 2018 there may be a specification change and exams might become a part of assessment. To be confirmed as soon as possible.

18 Units are assessed through course work in the form of assignments. These may be written essays, presentations, and practical demonstrations.

You will be required to achieve 100 hours of work experience

Health and Social Care is a qualification at level 3.

It is equivalent to 3 A levels

It carries UCAS points equal to 3 A* at A level, therefore allowing you to go to university

Studying at Alton College:

You will have a mixture of formal and less formal learning experiences. Some sessions will be in the form of lectures but you will also participate in a mixture of activities – whether working individually or in groups. You will participate in role plays, discussions and presentations.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

To study this course, you should have an interest in working with people. You must have a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. It is very important as we must be confident to send you out on placement to work with vulnerable people.

Course costs:

£25 textbook

£12.50 polo shirt for placement