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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Exams and Coursework 
Health & Social Care 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language, Maths and Science.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course.

Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

If you want to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to help you prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and further study in health or social care this health and social care course including health sciences could be the one for you.

About the Course

The course will provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses including diagnostic radiography, oncology and radiotherapy and midwifery. It helps develop study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, role plays and presentations.

Key Units

The Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) BTEC Extended Diploma is made up of 18 units of study.

You will learn about: 

  • Developing effective communication
  • Professional development
  • Equality
  • Diversity and rights
  • Life- stage development
  • Psychology and sociology for health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • pPromoting health education
  • Nutrition and public health 
In addition you will study health science units in physiology of fluid balance, biochemistry and science for health.

Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. The one day a week placement, arranged with you, is tailored to your future employment or higher education progression.

All level 3 students must wear a course placement uniform while at their work placement. You will also be required to devote time outside of taught classes to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines.

If you join the course with an acceptable alternative qualification to GCSE A*-C in English or maths you will study for GCSE English or maths as part of your programme. There is also the opportunity to study for additional awards such as emergency first aid.

Course enrichment includes a range of trips, visits and activities to support coursework and career/higher education progression. These may include a major incident triage care experience with the NHS and fire service. Visits are arranged to places such as health centres, Alton Towers (linked to health and safety), secure hospitals (linked to mental health awareness), the Houses of Parliament (linked to equality and diversity) and London Medical Museums (linked to anatomy and physiology).

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language, Maths and Science.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required and will be carried out at the start of the course.


BTEC Health and Social Care courses are assessed mostly by course work however there will also be some exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.

Where does this Lead

Health and social care is one of the largest industry sectors and offers a huge choice of careers. Students who successfully complete this course can apply to university/higher education for careers/courses such as nursing, midwifery, radiography/radiotherapy, social work, early childhood studies, occupational therapy, youth and community work, operating department practitioner, applied social sciences, psychology and sociology.

Tell Me More

Staff and Facilities:
You will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers. The excellent facilities for our health and social care students include well equipped learning areas and medical practice rooms.

Will the course suit me?
This course is suitable for those interested in working and developing careers with vulnerable people of all ages and abilities in a health or social care capacity. You should have a caring personality, be patient, sensitive, non-judgemental and be able to communicate well. You need to have excellent time management skills in order to manage course work targets and deadlines.

Qualification Title:
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Health and Social Care (Health Sciences), which is accepted for entry to university and attracts UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A levels.

Extra Costs

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of your DBS check, course placement uniform, trips and anything else you need to buy for your course.