Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

If you are looking for a career in nursing, social work, teaching, youth and community or related careers, this course is for you. The Extended Diploma is a highly popular course and is an excellent route to university or into employment in the health and social care sector. It will give you the opportunity to progress into a rewarding and challenging career and will give you valuable work experience in a setting relevant to your interests.


You will study 8 mandatory units:

  • Human lifespan development
    • This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of patterns of human growth and development. You will explore the key aspects of growth and development, and the experience of health and well-being.  You will learn about factors that can influence human growth, development and human health as well as a number of theories and models to explain and interpret behaviour through the human lifespan.
  • Working in health and social care
    • You will explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
    • A clear understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential for most health care professions and this unit lays the groundwork for your studies in careers such as nursing, midwifery or the allied health professions. Equally, if you are looking to enter the workforce, knowledge of anatomy and physiology is beneficial to those working in supportive roles in the health and social care sector.
  • Enquiries into current research in health and social care
    • In this unit, you will find out about the different research methods that can be used to gather information and the ethical issues that need to be considered. You will review research carried out into a contemporary issue in the sector, and will develop skills that will enable you to carry out your own secondary research into the issue.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs
    • You will learn about the values and principles of meeting care and support needs and look at some of the ethical issues that arise when personalising care. You will examine factors that can impact the professionals who provide the care and support, and the challenges that must be overcome to allow access to good quality care and health services.
  • Work experience in health and social care
    • In this unit you will carry out and reflect on a period of work experience, and plan for personal and professional development.
  • Principles of safe practice in health and social care
    • You will learn about the professional responsibilities for maintaining safe practice. You will explore the legal duty of care and the importance of legislation, policies and procedures in protecting individuals from harm, upholding their rights and promoting their welfare. You will examine the types of abuse and neglect that service users can experience and learn how to recognise and respond to concerns about abuse and neglect in health and social care settings.
  • Promoting public health
    • In this unit you explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.

You will also study 5 of 11 optional units:

  • Infection prevention control
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs
  • Physiological disorders and their care
  • Policy in health and social care
  • Caring for individuals with dementia
  • Assessing children’s development support needs
  • Nutritional health
  • Understanding mental well-being
  • Biochemistry for health

You will carry out at least one work placement, which will help you to put what you have learned at college into practice.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English 4 and maths at 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above including science. You will also need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which the college will pay for.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with presentations, role play, essays and reports.


A degree in areas such as social science, nursing, social work or teaching.

You could enter a career in nursing, social work, teaching or youth and community.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to pay for some essential costs, including your CRB check (approx £37). Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100. If you are over 19 there may be a charge.


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