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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

This course is highly specialist, teaching you all of the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to work in the health and social care industry at a high level.

Studying units such as health promotion, psychology and safeguarding, you'll be preparing for your new career.

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:

  • Promoting public health
  • Health psychology
  • 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
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
  • Physiological disorders and their care
  • Caring for individuals with dementia

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.

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.

If you are aged 19+ you could choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

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

Once you have completed this course, you will be ready to apply for degree level study at your chosen university.

Many students have chosen careers within the health care sector as a care assistant, support worker, nurse, social worker, midwife, environmental health officer and health education and management professions to name a few.

Ref: Pat Walsh

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