Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Health Science (QCF) (for students aged 18+)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Health Science (QCF) (for students aged 18+)

Subject Area: Health & Social Care

Course Overview

This study programme remains health focused with units that have a strong Health bias, that provide underpinning knowledge and vocational skills needed to be effective in health and social care settings. The study programme requires you to develop your research in more depth and foster more independent thought. Target grades will be strongly focused on to get you to your desired career aim. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including, projects, observations, leaflets, presentations, timed assessments and written reports. You will complete one work experience placement. You will also undertake English and maths at the appropriate level to support future progression (if not completed to required level).

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2016
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: SHS43F1

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C or above includingEnglish Language and Science or a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or related area with level 2 Functional Skills English and GCSE Science.

Students must have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and provide evidence of registration with the Update Service

Suitable applicants who have completed year 1 of A levels may consider this qualification as a top up for UCAS points or professional practice.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.

Course Highlights

On this study programme, you are taught by experienced health professionals, who will pass on their knowledge and expertise in the field to you. You also have the opportunity to gain excellent experience by taking part in a wide range of placements, which will help you decide on your next steps to achieving your career aim, including access to Higher Education. We are very pleased to inform you that we have an 'accord' (agreed relationships) with University of Suffolk that if you get your required grade you will be guaranteed an interview. UCAS success has been very strong this year.

Next Steps

Last year the majority of students progressed into universities such as University of Suffolk, ARU and UEA; full time employment or into part-time employment. Typically HE progression is into study areas like Children's Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography or Paramedics and can also lead to degrees in subjects such as Bio-medical Science, Forensic Psychology and Physiology.

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 18 on 31 August 2016

For all students aged 19+ fees are £7395. Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans can be found at

Additional Costs

£23 for textbook and £14 polo shirt, with £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment (accurate at time of publication). Students may be asked for additional contributions for visits if planned in the year.

Katie King - Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Health Science (QCF)

"When I left school I worked as an Administrator, although I'd always liked the idea of Children's Nursing but without A levels I didn't think it was an option. Determined to make a change, I contacted the College and found out that the Level 3 Health and Social Care (Health Science) was an alternative way into University and nursing. The course was excellent and the tutors fantastic. I'm now on a four year MSc in Child Nursing at Nottingham. I was thrilled to be accepted as it's the only University in the country offering this course. There are 17 spaces available with nine applicants for each place! Suffolk New College have helped me on the way to achieving my ambition."