Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)

This full-time course is designed to cater for students who have maturity and life experience beyond formal education. It is the equivalent of two to three A levels (level 3), the normal minimum requirement for entry on to a degree course. Completed in one academic year, this is an intensive programme, but you will be assisted throughout with study skills and applying for university, until you feel confident and ready for the next level. The Access to HE Diploma in Art and Design is designed to give you the knowledge and core skills you need and you can look forward to learning alongside like-minded people, in a supportive environment with experienced, friendly tutors.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and offers a one-year, 90-credit diploma route or a two-year, level 3 extended diploma route.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Human lifespan development
  • Working in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
  • Work experience in health and social care
  • Principles of safe practice in health and social care
  • Promoting public health
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Physiological disorders and their care
  • Caring for individuals with dementia
  • Complementary therapies for health and social care
  • Health psychology

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through various methods including externally marked assignments, examinations, case studies, presentations, reflective diaries, group displays, and video and campaign work.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. A GCSE in science is preferable but not mandatory.

You will also need a clear DBS to gain entry to this course. More information will be provided upon receipt of your application.*

*A DBS costs £44 and can be claimed back once you have successfuly completed this course.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you will have developed the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to degree level study at your chosen university.

Alternatively, you may decide to begin your career within the healthcare sector as a health care assistant, support worker or personal care assistant.

Ref: Alison Lloyd



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“I have had so many insightful experiences as part of my Cadetship at College. From working on a respiratory ward and shadowing paramedics to supporting patients with dementia in a care home.”

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