Health & Social Care
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum grade 4/D in GCSE English Language.
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.
At the end of the first year you will be awarded a Subsidiary Diploma (BTEC) which is equivalent to one A Level. The subjects you will study across the programme include: communication, equality, the human body and development through the life stages. Specialist units in subjects ranging from abuse to dementia care will also be completed. During this year you will do two separate weeks of work placement which could be in a residential or day care organisation or an early years setting. In the second year, there are two further placement weeks. At the end of two years you will be awarded the BTEC Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels.
“This course gives you an understanding of the “big wide world” (Hannah)
The Health and Social Care sector is exciting and worthwhile, working with those who are vulnerable, helping them become increasingly independent, having dignity and choice in their lives. So if you want to help and support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships then this course is for you.
You will have 3 exams during this course and a synoptic assessment. The remaining units are assessed through coursework and can be completed to pass, merit or distinction level. The assignments are often based on case study material and will include:
In the past students have progressed on to either the world of work or to university for further training. Recently, students have gained employment in the statutory and private sectors, working in a variety of settings from schools and nurseries to residential and domiciliary care for the elderly and people with learning disabilities. This year students have gained places at university to study adult, child and mental health nursing, social work, early year’s education, play work and operating department practice.
“This course has helped me as it has shown me what I am capable of and given me confidence to work towards my career pathway.” (Gareth)
You will have work set every week which usually relates to the assignments and the work done in class. If you use your free time in college wisely then you should be able to stick to the weekly deadlines.
Bring a file to every lesson because your teachers will give you booklets or handouts. You will also need a pen to write notes with.
In class you will be taught using a range of activities including: debates and discussions, group and paired work, carrying out research and independent learning. The course has a balance of practical and theory that aims to:
… you would like to help support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships.
…you cannot meet deadlines or are not motivated to achieve the highest possible grades
…you do not have a caring nature, lack respect and cannot work both independently and as part of a team
…you do not like hard work, lack study skills or are not prepared to commit to a challenging 2 year qualification