The BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care provides much of the underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care and consequently acts as a robust introduction to both sectors. It prepares learners for employment in the sector or for higher education. Learners will benefit from gaining a number of mandatory units as well as a range of specialist units .
Mandatory units include:
• Human Lifespan Development
• Working in Health and Social Care
• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
• Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
• Work Experience in Health and Social Care
• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
• Promoting Public Health
Most learners on the BTEC Level 3 programme work towards a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in year one and progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two. Mandatory work experience will be arranged for you and is essential to the qualification. Learners then benefit from a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification which carries up to 168 UCAS points to support progression to Higher Education.
There will be a cost to students of £150 which includes a security check (DBS) and course materials, 19+ fees apply.
After enrolment on the programme you will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Due to the work experience requirements it is not possible to complete the course without satisfactory clearance.
This qualification will enable you to progress to Level 4 or Higher Education to study in areas such as nursing, midwifery, paramedics, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other professions allied to health care. You could also study for degrees in subjects such as Psychology and Sociology. Alternatively you could seek employment as Health Care Assistant, Clinical Support Worker and more health related caring roles.
This qualification will enable you to progress to Level 4 or higher education to study in areas such as Social Work, Youth Work, Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy. Alternatively you could seek employment in the social care sector, e.g. mental health work, social services, probation work, youth justice, older people services and more.
This qualification will enable you to progress to Level 4 and higher education studying in areas such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Health Sciences, Biomedical sciences and other professions allied to health care. Alternatively you could seek employment assisting in a variety of pathology laboratories.
You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) or above, including English or Maths.
Successful completion of a full Level 2 in Health & Social Care and GCSE English or Maths at grade 4.
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.
This BTEC qualification has units which are internally assessed by your tutor and four units that are set and marked externally (2 exams in year 1 and 1 exam and a controlled assessment in year 2).
Internal units are assessed using a range of methods which could include: written assignments or tasks such as writing a report, designing a leaflet or booklet, using charts and diagrams or presentations. You will also provide evidence of your work experience hours and reflections on your performance. The qualification is graded pass, merit or distinction and all assessment criteria for a pass at a minimum must be achieved.