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Health and Social Care Advanced Diploma/Extended Advanced Diploma

This two year Health and Social Care course develops the advanced skills required to excel in the Health and Social Care sector, gaining valuable transferable skills across a range of topics. The Advanced Diploma forms the first year of the Level 3 Extended Advanced Diploma also offered at South Devon College with opportunities to progress into vocationally specific degree pathways or employment.

You will complete up to 370 hours within a vocational work placement each year, where you will develop practical skills related to working within the care sector. Your placement hours form part of your final grade alongside written and verbal assessments.

You will be required to have GCSE Maths at grade 4.

By the time you’ve finished this course, you will have plenty of real-life work experience under your belt and you’ll have a head start in your career and will have put the skills you’ve learnt into practice.

This will open up many progression options for you, where you can demonstrate your skills and ability as a health care professional. You could consider employment, using our links to care providers in the local area, working as a healthcare assistant or support worker.

Alternatively, you can continue your studies at university by focusing on a clinical pathway or area of specialism. There are a number of degrees available to you at University Centre South Devon.

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“I really enjoyed studying Health and Social Care. You're treated as an adult at the College and the tutors get to know you on a personal level, they are really supportive and their knowledge is invaluable. I felt as though I grew as a person during my time there, which is so important."Caitlyn Crofts

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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