BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Cadets)
Type: Full-time
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 Years
Course Overview




As a Level 3 Health and Social Care student, you may have the opportunity to join the Health Cadets programme with the East Lancashire NHS Trust (ELHT) This programme includes extensive work experience at all ELHT establishments alongside practical career related training.

Students receive an exciting and insightful programme of events, presentations, mentorships and work experience, all aimed at helping them to determine their health related career path. You will receive a dedicated mentor within the East Lancashire NHS Trust and health related training including moving and handling, customer care, dementia training, safeguarding training, infection control and basic life support. Students on the Cadets scheme will gain practical experience in the different hospital wards, which may include dementia, stroke, rehab, renal, anti natal, post natal, surgical and others.

The Cadets is an excellent programme to gain entry into professional training for clinical careers such as radiography, speech and language therapy, nursing, mental health, dietetics or occupational therapy, plus university.


What will I learn?

Units l inclde:

  1. Developing effective communication
  2. Equality and diversity
  3. Health, safety and security
  4. Development through the life stages
  5. Personal professional development
  6. Working in the social care sector
  7. Caring for individuals with different needs
  8. Dealing with challenging behaviour
  9. Dementia care

In addition to the above units, you will complete all mandatory training associated with Health Care Professions and gain an insight into how the NHS and their professionals operate. You will also gain valuable placement experience.


How will the course be assessed?

These units are assessed internally through a range of presentations, report writing, health campaigns, essays and professional interviews.

Materials and other information

A DBS is required for this course. The cost is covered by the College.

Progression and Careers

Many students go on to gain full-time employment straight from this course and a number of former students are studying at top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University studying a range of degrees such as Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Education (Childhood and Youth Studies), Police and Criminal Investigation, Nutritional Sciences and Social Policy Careers in Health and Social Care are many and varied; you might go on to work as Social Workers, Case Workers, Nurses, Support Workers, Charity Officers, Counsellor, Health Promotion Specialists, Nutritional Therapists and Probation Officers.

The College also offers an Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care with top local businesses.

Meet Tom Rickwood 


After achieving a Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Tom began studying Adult Nursing at Hull University.

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