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Health & Social Care

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma
Two Year Course

As part of this course, you will study a number of different topics,including:

  • Communication
  • Health & safety
  • Life stage development,
  • The human body
  • Equality and diversity
  • Anatomy.

You’ll also study sociological and psychological perspectives, infection prevention and control, as well as research methodology in Health & Social Care. Through a variety of group and project work, you will also be able to expand your academic studying skills.

How will I learn?
Through a mixture of lectures, discussions, group and pair work, practical demonstrations, role play and work experience. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study outside of timetabled classes.

You will also need to undertake at least 300 hours of work placement in a Health & Social Care setting whilst you study - currently one day a week throughout the entire course.

How will I be assessed?
All units are internally assessed and there are no examinations. You will complete assignments for each unit and these could include: written essays, written or verbal reports, assessed role-play and presentations, case studies, observations, diaries or journals.

General Entry Requirements
Four GCSEs at Grade C or above, OR a Merit in a relevant Level 2 qualification. You will be required to sit an initial assessment and provide a reference, and will be expected to attend a guidance interview at the School. 

Specific Entry Requirements
We’ll ask you to show that you are a responsible person with the skills and qualities needed to care for vulnerable client groups. You will also be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) check.

What could I do next?
You could progress to Higher Education, relevant degree courses include: nursing, midwifery, social or youth work, and teaching. You could also seek employment in the Health & Social Care sector straight away, with a position in a hospital, surgery, nursing or care home.