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 - Study Mode
Enfield Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DE3MHSC1 / 19DA11Z

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:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. 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
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Tottenham Centre 11 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: DE3MHSC1 / 19DA11A

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:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. 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 Now!