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:
Short answer paper based on Themes 1: Health and Well-being
Reflective study based on Theme 3: Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness
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.
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.
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Last Updated: 18 February 2020