• 98%

      of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

      Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

    • 93%

      of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

      Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

    • Free meals

      Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

    Level:Course Type:
    TBCFull-time Vocational

    What’s it all about?

    This course is for people who are looking to work in a career in health and social care. It provides opportunities to develop skills demanded by employers. The level 3 Extended Diploma enables you to;

    prepare for further learning or training

    develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in health and care with the aim of enhancing your employability

    develop your knowledge and skills as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

    achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

    You will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

    Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter employment or to progress to higher education in careers such as social work, nursing, psychology, midwifery or physiotherapy.

    Five GCSE’s at grade 4 (C) including maths or English or a full level 2 Diploma.

    DBS Clearance to attend placement.

    Study levelCostAdditional fees
    19+please enquireYou may need to pay for field trips and bus fare to placement.

    Your course is taught through classroom learning, directed study and placement. You will be assessed through , course work which includes, presentations, reports, essays and role plays. The Technical Extended Diploma requires you to attend 100 hours work placement in year 1 and year 2 of the course – one day per week. This enables learners to link their care practice to the units delivered in the classroom.

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    What’s next?

    You can progress on to higher education in careers such as social work, nursing, psychology, midwifery or physiotherapy

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    Why college is different to school

    A fresh start

    Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

    New people

    Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

    Specialist Staff

    Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


    College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

    Free time

    Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

    Different environment

    College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

    More choice

    A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

    More opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

    Specialist facilities

    A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

    99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

    (*Summer 2019).

    Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

    We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

    (*Summer 2019)

    We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

    Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

    Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

    We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

    We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.