Health & Social Care Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
Health & Social Care
City Campus

About this Course

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 could be the one for you.

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
  • Promoting health education
  • Nutrition and public health 
In addition you will study health science units in physiology of fluid balance, biochemistry and science for health.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*- C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), including English Language and Maths.

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/workbooks
  • Role plays
  • Practical assessments
  • Observations
  • Photographic records

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/Sociology

Tell Me More

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 in 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.

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