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CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time courses are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
    If you are considering a career working with children and young people or adults, then this may be the course for you.
    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. During this course, you will be introduced to care across the human lifespan; pregnancy and the responsible parent; play activities; health emergencies and caring for older people.
    Work experience is also an integral part of our course, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed through a variety of different methods, including written questioning, observation, witness statements and professional conversations.
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    What you'll learn
    This course covers:
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Working in Health & Social Care
    • Communication in Health & Social Care
    • Safeguarding and Protection for Health & Social Care
    You will get to spend one day a week in a practical work placement setting. We have strong links with the local community, enabling us to offer a wide range of placements that allow you to gain real experience of working with people with all manner of complex needs.
    We encourage our students to continue their English & Maths study to Level 3.
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 2
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    After you have completed the course you could remain in college and progress on to the Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3.
    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice in a wide-variety of Health and Social care roles.
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting
    Following further study you could work as a:
    • A high level Midwife where you could earn between £31,000 and £41,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £22,000 a year.
    • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £23,000 a year.
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    We ask that you have two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language and Maths. You’ll be invited for an interview and will be asked to provide a satisfactory reference showing excellent attendance at your last place of study.
    You will also need a clear DBS check.
  • 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 providers
    • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities.
    Further information
    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.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Care Services
    01204 482 000
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    Open Events

    Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

    Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm
    Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm
    Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.20pm - 8pm

    Futures4Me Event
    Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £1408.00
    Other fees: £130.00
  • Additional Information

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    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, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.


    Tutors teach throughout the day and evening and are not always available by phone. Please leave a voicemail message where possible and we will ring you back as soon as possible.
    Please note: Learners on a Learner Responsive course (shown under the course code) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. 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 you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document 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.

    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 email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

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

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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