Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma Health and Social Care


If you are enthusiastic about caring for and helping people, you will find this course challenging and interesting. If you want to work with people, this qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills which are essential for this type of career.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course length

90 Credit Diploma: one year, Extended Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at GCSE including a grade C in Mathematics or English Language. Students currently studying an intermediate vocational course will need a full Level 2 Extended Certificate with merit in a related subject and a grade C in either English Language or Mathematics and one other subject.

In some circumstances improved performance in Functional Skills may be accepted where a GCSE has not yet been achieved.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • communicating with service users
  • equality, diversity and rights
  • life span development
  • Health and Social Care provision
  • Public Health
  • Human Physiology, Nutrition and Health Psychology

On the course you will:

  • attend compulsory work placements with early years and the elderly
  • maintain a portfolio of evidence of your work placements
  • work in teams to research and develop a variety of topics

Method of assessment

Assessment is through internally assessed assignments.

What will I be able to progress to?

On completion you will be able to progress to university to study Youth Work, Nursing and other health-related subjects at degree level. You can also apply for a range of other degree programmes, eg Social Sciences. You will also have the option of applying for employment and work experience within the Health and Social Care sector.

Other information

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form confirming that you have no criminal convictions that prevent you from working with children or vulnerable adults. It will be administered by the college at the start of the course. The cost is £20 (non-refundable).