Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
76 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied. For this course, students should have achieved five or more GCSEs at Grade 4. These must include English and Maths.
Who the course is for

Do you have the caring and compassionate approach necessary for a career in the health care or social care sectors?  Do you have the courage to stand up for someone’s person-centred rights?  Are you committed to empowering individuals?  Can you communicate with, for and on behalf of others?  This course will offer you the chance to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours expected of health and social care practitioners. 

This course is a full time option for students aged 16-19 and for students aged 19+.

This course is a two-year study programme, equivalent to three A-Levels.  It is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification which carries UCAS points for entry into University.  It is primarily for young people who want to move into Adult Social Care roles.  For Health Care roles, please apply for the T-Level.

What you will learn
In your first year, some of your units are about human growth and development, equality and diversity, safeguarding, psychology, sociology, and infection control. In your second year, your units will include empowerment, anatomy and physiology, and research skills. You will also learn some important study skills, such as how to reference your assignments, the importance of meeting deadlines, and how to differentiate between good quality and low quality sources of information.
How you will learn

Three days a week in the classroom during Year 1, with a minimum of 50hrs on placement.

Two days a week in the classroom during Year 2, with a minimum of 200hrs (2 days per week) on placement.

Past Level 3 students have progressed to universities such as Brighton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Winchester and Southampton Solent, to study courses such as Adult Nursing, Social Work, and Midwifery (for the highest achievers). Many students have chosen not to go to university, and have moved into full time jobs within care homes, home care agencies, day services, NHS departments, and social care settings.

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get
Level 3 Extended Diploma

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