Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Health and Social Care

Why should I study this course?

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.


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What will I study?

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 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 and will enable you to put your studies into practice.

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.

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How is the course assessed?

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:

  • Written documents: leaflets, booklets, essays and posters
  • Presentations and role plays
  • Reflections and observations

What will the course prepare me for?

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)

Private study

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.

What materials will I need to provide?

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.

How will I be taught?

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:

  • Develop your knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Encourage you to plan and problem solve
  • Learn to work as a team and build relationships
  • Raise your awareness of the diverse and complex needs of service users
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in your writing
  • Help to learn to reflect on your practice

This course is for you if...

... you would like to help support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9-4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum grade 3 (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; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

You need to be able to communicate effectively, demonstrate empathy, respect confidentiality and listen to instruction. You must be prepared to be ‘hands-on’ at the placements and work as part of a team.