Health and Social Care: Social

One of two pathways on the Health and Social Care Extended Diploma, this programme has a social care focus with a minimum of 45 days industry placement.

We work closely with the local authorities, care providers, specialist schools and day-care centres to give you regular work experience placements throughout your programme.

This means you can experience the full breadth of health and social care and begin to develop expertise in specialist areas, increasing your skills and experience and putting you ahead of the competition when applying to university or moving directly into employment. Many former students have secured jobs with great prospects through these placements. Check out our Student Stories section on our website to read about their experiences on this course.

The study is a mix of attending classes at college and training in simulated environments. There’s also some mandatory training at the start of your placement, work experience in your first year, and placements for two days a week with a local employer. The projects and assignments that you’ll complete on this course are all based on realistic workplace situations and activities.

At the end of the course, you may decide to go directly into work, or you could enter higher education. Possible careers include social work, social-care work, care management, occupational therapy or other professions related to social care. For a more complete list of roles on this pathway, search our website for ‘social care’.

There are lots of different roles in health and social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with, and where you would like to work.

Social care means providing physical, emotional and social support to help people live their lives to the fullest. In this industry, you will be providing a range of services to support both children and adults. In social care roles, you could be helping people in their own homes, in residential homes, or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing. For a more complete list of roles on this pathway, search our website for ‘social care’.

Industry partnerships

Xhuada, Health care: Clinical Level 3 Everything that I was trying to do on that work experience counted for something. I was working so hard so I could get to where I wanted to be, and I made it!