BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care


The course is intended for post 16 leaners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education (such as a BSc(Hons) in Nursing, Social Work and Physiotherapy etc) and ultimately to employment in the Health and Social Care sector. The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in the sector through mandatory content. It allows learners to focus on a particular aspect of the sector through the selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically in health studies.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care develops employability skills such as cognitive and problem solving skills (using critical thinking, creative solutions and using systems and technology), interpersonal skills (self-management, adaptability and resilience) and intrapersonal skills (communicating, working collaboratively and negotiating and influencing).

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, grades 4/5 or above (including English and maths) or other equivalent qualifications. You will be required to attend an interview.

Students must have a clear DBS certificate.

What subjects will I study?

Units studied are intended to give high-level, broad-based knowledge to assist students to access a chosen career in the health care or social care field such as: interaction, social and psychological aspects of care, access and equal opportunities, clients? rights, and physical aspects of health. Functional Skills form part of this qualification and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

How will I learn?

Lectures, seminars, group work, practical work and written work. Learners will also undertake a variety of work placements with children and adults in well-established organisations during the 2 year programme. This will enable learners to be able to apply knowledge to practice within the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment i.e. assignments and placements and one integrated vocational assignment, nationally set.

There will be four externally (exam) assessed units over the 2 years.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Students can progress on to university education in nursing, social work, or radiography at Furness College or university. Other routes are employment in the field of health and social care. Progression is based on aptitude and a successful interview.

How long is the course?

Full-time over two years.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no specific extra costs, just stationery for study.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017

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