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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London


London’s #1 College for Skills

Introduction to the course

The Health and Social Care National Extended Diploma Level 3 is a two-year course designed to enable students to access Higher Education courses. The course carries UCAS points, and is an equivalent route of progression to A Levels and BTECs.

The course is designed to support individuals aged 16 years or older who wish to work in an Early Years setting with children aged 0-5 as an Early Years Educator, and who wish to progress to Higher Education to study degrees related to the study of Health and Social Care.

What do I need?

To apply for the Level 3 course, you will need to be aged 16 years or older and have achieved Grade C in both GCSE Maths and GCSE English. Alternatively, a Function Skills Level 2 qualification in maths and English will be accepted as an alternative to GCSE.

How is the course taught?

The content of the course is varied and taught through a mixture of teaching methods, including classroom study, interactive workshops, and work placements.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the Diploma qualification, you will need to complete and pass three distinct assessment modules. The assessment modules are themed as follows:

Assessment 1

Short answer paper based on Themes 1: Health and Well-being

Assessment 2

Reflective study based on Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

Assessment 3

Extended essay based on theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

The assessment questions will be externally set and externally marked by the examination board. As well as completing written assessments, you will also need to display competence in a real work environment and will therefore be visited during your placement by an assessor.

What does it lead to?

The course can lead you on to Higher Education, or can be used to gain work as an Early Years Educator.

Employer's Benefit

Employers will have the opportunity

  • to support the learners

  • for extra assistance

  • to recruit qualifies staff

  • for CPD for their staff

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that students will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access higher education. From September 2014 the Early Years Educator Qualifications are the only qualifications to confer a licence to practice.

*The Early Years Foundation Stage, staff holding an Early Years Educator Level 3 qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and Maths, at grade C or above.


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date
Enfield Centre 3 Sep 2018 - 5 Jul 2019

Course Code: DE3MHSC1 / 18DA11Z

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 – 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
Tuition Fee: £7,395.00
* All fees are VAT free

If you are aged, 19-23 click here for information on financial help available to you.

If you are aged 24+ click here for information on financial help available to you. This course is eligible for a loan.

Information on how to apply
Apply here

What are the levels?

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Entry Level

This level will help you to develop general skills and improve your confidence if you do not have any experience or GCSEs. It will improve your basic reading, number skills and English language skills

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Level 1

This level will give you a good basic knowledge and understanding of the subject area. This level will develop your functional skills and give you some work experience.

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Level 2

This level will give you a deeper understanding of the subject area. This is a good level of education for employment and will improve your problem solving skills and increase your resourcefulness. This level is often the minimum requirement for employers.

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Level 3

This level gives you a thorough and developed understanding of the subject area. This level will give you experience in problem-solving, managing a workload and adapting your skills to achieve your objectives. This level is the minimum requirement when applying to universities and is the preferred requirement for most employers.

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Level 4 and Above

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