Health and Care - Level 3 Technical Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This technical diploma in Health and Care will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in the health and/or care sector in England, or undertake further training and development.

The course is designed to support you to develop a broad understanding of the health and care settings, the skills, behaviour and values you need to develop in health or care and allow you to explore further employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal for potential students who want a vocational alternative to A levels.

This course is suitable for individuals who would like to work in the wider Health and Social Care sector or those wishing to move on to further or higher educational studies.


Qualification Gained

Level 3 Diploma

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

This course gives students a breath of knowledge across key areas of Health and Social Care. The course covers a variety of key knowledge units and topics:

• Introduction to health and care
• Personal and professional development in health and care
• Equality and diversity in health and care
• Effective communication in health and care settings
• Safeguarding for all in health and care
• Safe working in health and care
• Understanding cognitive impairment
• Understanding individual care needs
• Quality service provision in health and care.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Practice work
  • Group work
  • Directed study
  • Visiting practioners
  • Guest speakers
  • Examinations
  • Professional discussions
  • Written assignment
  • Placement of a minimum of 210 hours

Assessment Methods

Through the units you will develop subject knowledge which will help you to complete the end point assessments, which includes :

  • National exam
  • A recorded professional discussion
  • written assessment

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of this course you could progress in to the extended diploma in Health and Care, other studies or employment.

Career Opportunities

If you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress a career in one of the following fields:


  • Phlebotomist
  • Assistant Dietician
  • Nursing Healthcare Assistant
  • Care assistant
  • Care support work in supported living

Alternatively you could pursue further education and training could lead in to careers such as :

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Social Work
  • Occupation therapy
  • Counselling


Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE's 9-4 [A*-C] (including English and Maths Grade 4 or above)
  • A satisfactory DBS clearance
  • 2 References
  • Caring and compassionate nature


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.