Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma on Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma on Health & Social Care (Health Studies)

Subject Area: Health & Social Care Adult Learning


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2018
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: SHS43F1
  • Entry Requirements

    • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) must be in place at enrolment & students must register with DBS Update Service
    • 2 Year Programme
      • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* - C) including English Language, Maths and Science


    • Level 2 Health and Social Care at grade Merit and above including English Language and Science at GCSE grade 4 and above
    • 1 Year Programme (with opportunity to progress to second year)
      • 4 GCSEs at grade 4 and above (A* - D) including English Language, and Science


    • Level 2 Health and Social Care at grade Merit and above including English Language and Science at GCSE grade 4 and above

    Course Overview

    This study programme provides the underpinning knowledge and vocational skills needed to be effective in a wide range of health & social care settings. Units you will study include: Working in Health & Social Care, Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy & Physiology, Research, Principles of Safe Practice, Meeting Individual Care Needs, Biochemistry for Health, Psychological Perspectives and Scientific Techniques for Health Science.

    You will be expected to successfully complete two work placements in the first year and take part in visits to a range of services in the local area, putting into practice what you have learnt on the course. It is essential that students have the ability to meet assessment deadlines. The programme also has 3 units with external exams and 1 unit with an external task set by BTEC.

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    Course Highlights

    This study programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within allied health professions including; midwifery, operation department practice, radiography and paramedic science.

    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 range of placements, which will help you decide on your next steps to achieving your career aim.

    Next Steps

    The range of higher education degree courses that learners can progress to include: Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Paramedic Science, Psychology, Physiology, and Operating Department Practice Bio-medical Science.

    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2018.

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £7395.

    Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at

    Additional Costs

    £36.50 for textbooks, £14 polo shirt, £44 for enhanced DBS check (to be completed prior to enrolment) and £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card

    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."