Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma level 3

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Course Overview

This is a full-time course offering you a broad understanding, knowledge of, and skills base in the health and social care sector. The course is designed to incorporate a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and work-ready skills such as teamwork and good communication combined with experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. As the focus is on the holistic development of your practical, interpersonal and thinking skills you are also required to complete a mandatory 100 hours work placement at a relevant organisation. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Although topics may be subject to change learners will study a mix of core units, option units and two exams in their first year. Units include topics such as: human lifespan development, infection prevention and control, working in health and social care, anatomy and physiology. There is also a research project enquiries into current research in health and social care (external Synoptic). Grading uses the Pass to Distinction* grade, which is equivalent to 9 to 4 grade.

Year 2

Although topics may be subject to change learners will study a mix of core units, option units and two exams. Units include: meeting individual care and support needs, principles of safe practice in health and social care, promoting public health, understanding mental health and well being. Working in health and social care and anatomy and physiology are both exam based units. Grading uses the Pass to Distinction* grade, which is equivalent to 9 to 4 grade.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in either English or maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required plus four other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above.

All applicants over the age of 19, must hold GCSE English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding. For this course you will have to be organised, adhering to your deadlines and keeping a portfolio of your assignments. There are 4 externally assessed units (exams) over the duration of the course. The remainder of your qualification will be assessed internally by a variety of methods that may include a practical, essays and/or presentations.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £7395.00

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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What Happens Next

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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