BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies)

This course is suitable for those seeking to work professionally within the Health Sector, providing a valuable foundation for progression into Higher Education, Higher Level Apprenticeships or straight into employment. This course is an excellent choice for students interested in healthcare careers such as nursing (children, adult, mental health), midwifery, paramedic, radiography, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, laboratory technician, public health specialist or working in health promotion. The opportunities available from the Health Studies pathway we offer are endless.

One huge benefit of coming to us to studying a Health and Social Care qualification is the standard of relevant professional qualifications of the teaching staff, all of whom participate regularly in updating their skills. The course is delivered by nurses, health visitors, psychologists, scientists, sociologists and other teachers who are professionally qualified in their field so students gain an excellent understanding of the professional values of the sector because all of our tutors have worked within the health sector.

A compulsory and exciting part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete a substantial number of hours each year within a related healthcare setting which will enable you to link the theory from your classwork to actual practice within your placement setting. Work placement is supported by the College’s workplacement team and a clean, enhanced DBS is required at the start of the course. By setting yourself high standards and challenging targets with this course you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills essential for a career within the health sector.

This is a full time course where you will be required to have excellent attendance within college for three days per week and at placement for one day per week throughout the academic year. This is supplemented by block placement weeks throughout the year which will enable you to become familiar with the daily routines of your placement and develop your employability skills to become a more effective and reliable member of the team.

What will I study?

The course will cover a range of topics to prepare you towards a career within the Health Sector and will include the following:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care
  • Nutritional Health
  • Biochemistry for Health
  • Work Experience in Health and Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia

Subject: Health Sciences and Social Care

Qualification Type: BTEC

Study Location: Redbridge Campus

Entry Requirement:

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Where does it lead:

You can progress to university to study a range of subjects including Nursing, Social Work or Health and Social Care. After year one, if you stay to complete the full Extended Diploma, you can use this qualification to seek employment.

Who is the course available for:


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