Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (QCF)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (QCF)

Subject Area: Health & Social Care

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 & SC, Human Lifespan Development, Anatomy & Physiology, Research, Principles of Safe Practice & Meeting Individual Care Needs. 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.  

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including: 3 external written exams, projects, observations, leaflets, presentations, timed assessments and written reports. You will also undertake English and Maths at the appropriate level to support future progression opportunities.

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  • Start Date: Sep, 2017
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: SHC43F1

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English Language or a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care at merit level (or related vocational area) and level 2 Functional Skills English or GCSE grade C or grade 4.

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

Course Highlights

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 experience by taking part in a 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 a progression agreement 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

Students who complete this course may progress on to Higher Education.On successful completion of the study programme last year: 50% of students progressed onto full time employment; 42% onto Universities such as UOS, ARU, UEA, Christchurch Canterbury and East London; 4% into voluntary work and 2% into part-time employment the remaining 2% did further FE courses. From this course students may progress into HE study professions such as Adult Nursing, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, Youth & Community Work, Housing/Welfare Services & Care Management.

Tuition Costs

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

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Additional Costs

£23 for textbook and £14 polo shirt, £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment with £13 fee to register for the update service which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (based on 2016-17 costs and may be subject to change).

Karri Crisp

The course was fantastic – I loved everything about it.

The tutors are amazing, such a supportive team. They helped me with whatever I needed.

The College is such a nice place to learn and relax. You never feel uptight or pressured.

I am hoping to become a teacher and thanks to the course, I am about to start a degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Suffolk.