The Course

This is a work-related qualification and an ideal choice if you want to pursue a career in nursing, care, residential, youth, social or community work.

Students develop an impressive knowledge base across a wide range of care environments and put theory into practice on work placements.


  • What You Study

    • Personal and professional development
    • Equality, diversity and rights
    • Development through the life stages
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Sociological perspectives
    • Psychological perspectives
    • Effective communication
    • Health, safety and security
    • English and Maths, as required.
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma. One satisfactory reference and a clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.

  • Pathways

    A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

    • One-year Extended Certificate
    • One-year Foundation Diploma
    • Two-year Diploma
    • Two-year Extended Diploma.
  • Progression

    Students can progress to study at degree-level.

  • Careers

    A huge range of opportunities are available, including in healthcare, social work, counselling and many others. This qualification also provides the opportunity to enter the profession at a more senior level.

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments
    • A clear, enhanced DBS will also be required for placement (applied for through the college)
    • Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
    • A laptop or tablet will also be useful
  • How To Apply

    Application is via our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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