Health & Social Care

Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

If you would like a career as a nurse, midwife, paramedic, care worker and a wealth of other health and care professions this is the course
for you.

Throughout the course, you will complete a weekly work placement giving you excellent first-hand experience of working in the health
and care industry.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

Solent University

#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Human life span and development
  • Working in health and social care
  • Meeting individual needs
  • Principles of safe practice
  • Nutritional health
  • Psychological perspectives or Psychological disorders
  • Work placement

Year 2

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Work experience in health and social care
  • Promoting public health
  • Enquiries into current research
  • Caring for individuals with dementia
  • Understanding mental wellbeing
  • Supporting individual needs
  • Work placement

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


Health & Social Care Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above (including English, maths and science) 


  • Level 2 in Health & Social Care or Early Years AND Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will also be required for this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
01/09/20 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Degree at university
  • Higher apprenticeship in Nursing
  • Work in hospitals, community care, health services and social work
Additional information

Trips, visits and activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • External careers events
  • Industry week activities

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.