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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma

Health and social care is a broad term that relates to integrated services that are available from health and social care providers. As a subject health and social care combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law and ethics. Students on health and social care courses always have some work experience alongside their academic studies, such a placement in a nursery, residential home, hospital or other caring establishment. There are many employment opportunities with substantial government support.

 

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

 

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study a number of mandatory units to develop the skills required within the health and social care sector as well as optional units that focus on specialist areas of work within health and social care. You will also undertake a work placement in a relevant setting during your period of study.

    Examples of Units:

    • Developing effective communication in health and social care
    • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
    • Health, safety and security in health and social care
    • Development through the life stages
    • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
    • Personal and professional development in health and social care
    • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
    • Psychological perspectives for health and social care
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed continuously through assignments. These may be written projects, presentations or discussions but will also include practical assessments on your work placement.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to:

    • have good writing and analytical skills
    • like working with people of all ages
    • have good time management
    • be an independent learner

    You should be prepared to complete a practical placement


    This course will appeal to those students who:

    • want to study a course that is active and enjoyable and have a keen interest in health and social care
    • enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
    • want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as class work
    • enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    5 GCSEs (A*-C) including English and Maths at minimum of grade 4

    OR

    a level 2 diploma in an appropriate subject at distinction/merit with GCSEs in English and Maths at a minimum of grade 4

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    You will learn, develop and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways as well as identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities as being of great value.


    Some students go straight into employment which can include further training in such areas as care support work, health work or advice and assistance work within the sector. You can also go on to higher education to study nursing, midwifery, social work, therapy or related areas of study at university or other institutions.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will have to pay £50 for a DBS and additional finance will be required for student materials and a text books plus visit costs and travel required for placements.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

What our students say...

BTEC Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 3 health and social care student at Richmond upon Thames College London gained insight into a nursing career on her course

A career in nursing 

“I really enjoy my course and especially like the coursework as it allows me to explore the subject in more detail. I also really enjoyed my placement at a local day care centre where I helped provide care for people with dementia and mobility issues. It really opened my eyes to a possible career in nursing once I’ve finished university.”

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