16-18 Year Olds


If you have dreamed of a career within healthcare, the BTEC level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care provide much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care/Health and consequently act as a robust introduction to both sectors.

Learners will benefit from gaining a number of mandatory units as well as a wide range of optional and specialist optional units according to the route embarked on. They will also benefit from gaining work experience in the sectors 100 hours minimum placement. These opportunities will aid career choices and potentially attract learners into

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is aimed at providing an insight into the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the health and social care profession. A feature of this exciting and brand new course is the integration of theory and practice through state of the art teaching and learning here at College and through a variety of work placements. This course will provide students with invaluable experience offering a strong platform from which to build a career in health and social care.

This is a vocational programme which will provide learners with the knowledge and skills essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further learning or the workplace.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 -9, which must include either a Grade 4 in English Language or/and Maths, as well as being highly motivated with a passion for caring for people.

Practical placements are an integral part of the course programme therefore you will need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (please enquire at your interview).

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with the Head of School for Health and Social Care, along with one of the course tutors to discuss the course and its requirements further.
For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following (subject to awarding body conditions):


The course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of health and social care related fields, including an awareness of anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, physiological disorders. The placement experience will enable you develop the practical and personal skills that you will need to be successful in your chosen field of health and social care.

You will also have the opportunity to visit universities to experience student life, as well as visits to a variety of care environments. In addition to this you will also take part in fundraising and charity events within the local area and will benefit from a range of guest speakers from different sectors of the health and social care industry.
During this course you will study eight mandatory units and this will be supported by optional units. As well as classroom delivery, you will also undertake placement in a real work environment with a minimum requirement of 100 hours.

Mandatory units include:

• Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
• Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
• Development Through the Life Stages
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
• Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
• Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
• Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Car
• Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skill in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including project and assignment work, presentations, observations and examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion.

You will also be assessed on your personal and professional development, this involves completing at least 100 hours of work experience in a health and social care setting. Students must reflect on each experience using tutor and mentor reports and their own evaluations and produce a portfolio of evidence.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body



You could progress onto a higher level of study such as a BA (Hons) degree in Adult & Children’s Nursing, Mental Health & Learning Disability Nursing as well as degrees and higher level qualifications in other allied health professions such as paramedics, radiography, operation department practitioner, occupational therapy and podiatry etc. Alternatively, the course can lead onto Apprenticeship opportunities within the healthcare industry. Alternatively, you could progress in the workplace in a variety of job roles, such as:

• Care support workers in adult residential settings
• Healthcare assistants in community, primary care and acute health environments
• Care support workers in domiciliary services, supported living or day services
• Community based support workers

Additional information

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

You will need to purchase a DBS (£54)

Additional help and support is available to you should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 25/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

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