Overview top

This is a one year full-time, practical, work-related course that has been designed to enable learners to access Higher Education (following successful completion of the Certificate in Health and Social Care) and will also support progression into the workplace.

It covers a wide range of areas including Safeguarding in Health and Social Care, Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care and Reflective Practice.

Study Programme

Changes to the way the Government funds courses for students aged 16 and over means that instead of a single course, students are required to complete a full time study programme (whether they come to college or stay on at school)

This means:

  • All 16 to 19 year-olds will be offered high quality study programmes aimed at giving them the best opportunity to move into higher education or secure skilled employment.
  • All students who are able will take a substantial qualification recognised by employers as being of real benefit to them in securing work or a university place.
  • Where appropriate, students will also take part in work experience.
  • Students who don’t have a GCSE in English and maths at 16 will continue to study these subjects after 16.
  • Students who aren’t able to study a qualification will take a programme of work experience focusing on developing their employability skills, along with work to develop numeracy, literacy and other core education skills.

If you decide to continue your studies at South Tyneside College your study programme will look like this

  • A main qualification: CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Preparation for the world of work leading to work placement and enterprise
  • 200 hours of placement experience
  • Enrichment activities such as visits, sports activities and enterprise

We know that having good qualifications alone doesn't always make you stand out.

That's why we're all about going the extra mile with you.

Studying with us means practical, hands-on workshops, group sessions, expert guest speakers, visits to local employers, wellbeing drop-ins, chill out time ... the list goes on. 

As part of the course, you will also take part in an external work placement to help you develop your confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd. 

Entry Requirements top

Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care.  A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

All those who wish to access higher education and/or work with adults in health and social care environments.

Assessment top

The course is assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence or written assignments.

Professional Opportunities top

Potential higher education opportunities could include Nursing, Midwifery, Medical Science and Investigations, Paramedic, Social Work, Residential Care Management, Housing or The Probation Service.

If you want to get a job straight away you could work and train in; social services, health centres, registered care homes or the NHS.

Further Information top

On successful completion of the one year programme, learners can progress to university via UCAS, or other higher education such as HNC, or into employment.