Health and Social Care: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


Exam board: EDEXCEL

What is the course about?

This course gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the Health and Social care sector. The course  leads to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Employment. In recent years, our students have progressed on to various HE courses including  Midwifery, Nursing (including Adult, Child and Mental Health), Social Work, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Sciences and Psychology. This is an exciting course which will give students the unique opportunities to make a real difference to the community and to be  part of the next generation of Health and Social Care. The course has a combination of external and internal assessments.

If you specifically want to work with children, please visit our Early Years Department. 

Duration of course: 

2 years. (Equivalent to 3 A Levels). This is a fully timetabled course. 

What units/topics will be studied?

Units include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Research Methodology
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care
  • Nutritional Health
  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing
  • Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs
  • Working in Health and Social Care

What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

• Read BTEC Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care course textbooks
• Visit NHS Choices websites
• Read articles on the Community Care online journal
• Read articles in the Guardian’s newspaper Society section
• Volunteer in a Statutory Health and Social Care setting
• Mentor an individual 

Where can this lead me?

Higher Education – Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Probation Services and more.

Employment in the Health and Social Care sector. 

Apprenticeships within Health and Social Care

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

• Work experience placements in the Health and Social Care sector
• Team building activities
• Guest speakers
• Visits to HE institutions
• Health Screening Programme
• Trips
• Industry Week
• First Aid Training