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Health and Social Care Technical Certificate Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    Working in the health and social care sector requires a very special kind of person. Dedicated, passionate and always willing to go the extra mile, your caring and compassionate nature can help to make a real difference to the lives of others. If you are considering a career working with children and young people or adults, then this may be the course for you.

    The Extended Diploma is designed to provide a holistic programme of applied and general learning related to the occupational areas of health care and social care.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    Throughout the first year of this course you will study a variety of units, such as:
    • Equality, Diversity & Rights
    • Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Lifespan Development
    • Sociological & Psychological Perspectives of Health and Social Care
    • Public Health
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Professional Development in the Workplace

    You will also get to spend two days a week in a practical work placement. With many strong links with the local community, our courses offer a wide range of work placements that allow you to gain real experience of working with people with all manner of complex needs.

    In addition you may study Functional Skills or have the opportunity to resit a GCSE in English and/or maths, if appropriate.
    We encourage our students to continue their English & Maths study to Level 3.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), including English Language and Maths, and preferably Science. You will also be required to have an interview.

    You will also need to have excellent attendance at your last place of study and everyone who joins this course will be required to undertake a DBS check.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll have continuous assessment through assignments, projects and personal research, as well as through practical placements.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
    • Visiting local practitioners
    • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • Wella-approved hair salons
    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
    Number 1 for Achievement Rates

    Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 05 September 2022. Last class: 03 Jul 2023
    • Monday : 09:00 - 12:00
    • Monday : 13:00 - 17:00
    • Tuesday : 09:00 - 12:00
    • Tuesday : 13:00 - 16:00
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £4670.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting
    Following further study you could work as a:
    • A fully-qualified Youth Worker where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 to £22,000 a year.
    • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £23,000 a year.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    13.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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