June 15, 2016

Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 3 Extended DiplomaPicture17

Course Introduction

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification. It gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for

employment or further learning. It is broadly equivalent to 3 A Levels.

 There is potential for the qualification to prepare students for  employment or apprenticeship in the health and social care sector, or to progress into higher Picture18education at college or university.

These progression routes include Care Assistant / Support Workers who usually work in residential homes, hostels and day care centres where they help to look after people’s  physical, social and emotional needs. They may work with the elderly, young people, or people with learning or physical disabilities. Their work is often involved in helping to increase or retain their independence.

You can also go on to university to do degree level courses related to Care. It can lead you to courses such as midwifery, nursing, disability studies, etc.

Course ContentPicture16

The course is 75% coursework 15% work placement, made up of mandatory and optional units. The assignments for all units must be completed to pass the course. There are no external exams.


Mandatory Units (Examples)

  • Effective communication
  • Equality, diversity and rights
  • Health, safety and security
  • Life stages, children and young people
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Personal and professional development
  • Sociology & Psychology
  • Safeguarding adults

Optional Units: (Examples)

  • Public health
  • Physiological disorders
  • Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Mobility and exercise
  • Infection prevention and control

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or BTEC Level 2  in Health & Social Care, and a satisfactory Disclosure Baring Service (DBS) check. Students will continue to study English and maths if they have not achieved GCSE grade C or above.appluNow