BTEC Level 3 National Ext Diploma in Health & Social Care

  • Course type: BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel


This course prepares students for employment within the health and social care sectors or for higher education. Topics are mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. Students will benefit from gaining work experience, aiding future career choices. The course uses the work experience as a focus, enabling learning to be as active, practical and work-related. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to health and social care. A key feature is the opportunity for students to produce a personal and professional development portfolio throughout the course, linking many aspects, as well as their experiences outside of the course.

  • Course units...

    YEAR 1

    Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development

    Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care

    Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

    Unit 6: Work experience in HSC

    Unit 7: Principals of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

    Unit 10: Sociological Perspectives

    YEAR 2

    Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

    Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

    Unit 8: Promoting Health

    Unit 12: Supporting individuals with Additional Needs

    Unit 19: Nutritional Health

    Unit 20: Understanding Mental Wellbeing

    Unit 40: Dementia Care

  • Course assessment...

    Just under 60% of the course is assessed by coursework. Students also have to take external assessments and exams.
    Achieving three Distinction grades is equivalent to three A grades at A level and is worth the same number of UCAS points. A DBS fee of £44 applies.

  • Course highlights...

    1. The opportunity to link theory with practice by participating in a health and social care work placement
    2. You will gain work experience, develop personally and professionally and expand your employability skills.
  • This course can lead to...

    Most students progress to university to follow a degree course in Midwifery, Paediatric, Adult or Mental health Nursing, Primary Teaching or Health and Social Care.

    There are also a number of employment opportunities for students directly after the course.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 4 in Maths and Grade 4 in Core Science preferred
    BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care (or equivalent) with Distinction

    Students are required to complete DBS process through the college, there is a fee to be paid during the enrolment. Students will also be expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours’ work experience at a Health and Social Care Setting.

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