Health & Care Diploma – Level 3


The Health and Social Care sector is dependent on passionate and fully trained professionals. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, enables you to progress into these career prospects by combining work experience within the sector and academic study. The course is delivered over two years and covers a range of units, including Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Physiological Disorders.

After completing your BTEC you can progress into employment and embark on further occupational training. Alternatively you can progress onto Higher Education at University, training in Social Work, Paramedic Science, Nursing and other professions.

  • What will be studied

    This Level 3 Extended Diploma content will include:

    • Human Lifespan Development
    • Working in Health and Social Care
    • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
    • Promoting Public Health
    • Caring for Individuals with Dementia.
  • What are the entry requirements?

    You will need:  

    • 5 x GCSE grades at 3 (D) or above, 1 of them being English.
    • Or you can progress to this course from a relevant Level 1 course, e.g. from level 1 Childcare or Level 1 Health and Social Care.
    • A caring nature
    • A strong work ethic
    • A passion for working with people

    An interview is required as well as a suitable reference, also a clear DBS report as you will be working with vulnerable people.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    This course can lead to a number of careers in the NHS as well as exciting careers in:

    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Family Support
    • Criminology
    • Psychology
    • Law as well as progression to university level courses.
  • What qualifications will be gained?

    PEARSON BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

  • How will this course be delivered?

    This practical based course will be delivered through:-

    • Presentations
    • Task-based exercises
    • Practical demonstrations
    • 1:1 support
    • Tutorials and lectures


    Once your DBS form has been returned, you will attend placement 1 day each week in order to complete 100 hours over the year. The college will find your placement for you and you will be visited by a member of the health and social care team to ensure you are settled in well and to assess your progress.

    Work placement is an integral part of the course, therefore completion of placement hours is mandatory.

    Placements you might attend include residential care homes for elderly people, day centres for either elderly people or individuals with additional needs and care homes for people with learning/physical disabilities.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Three Units are externally assessed through an exam and one unit is externally assessed through a synoptic exam

    All other units are internally assessed though the completion of written work.


  • How to get a place?
    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE
  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or email for more information and advice.

    You will need to pay approximately £50.00 for your DBS application and between £25.00 - £50.00 for your uniform.

    You will be required to wear a uniform consisting of a polo shirt and sweatshirt. You will be able to wear your own trousers/skirt and shoes.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:
    Pearson BTEC

    You will be able to pursue a career in

    • Midwifery
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Counselling
    • Criminology


Start Date : September 2022 End Date : June 2024 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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