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

What is the Course About?

This qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels with a maximum UCAS tariff of 168 points.

The course covers a broad range of subjects taught over four days; with one day spent on work placement in a variety of health and social care settings.

You will also be provided with the opportunity to complete both,First Aid and Food Hygiene training. Whilst studying at UCM, you will be encouraged to become involved in fundraising and enrichment activities.

What will I study?

You will study 13 units, eight of which are mandatory:

  1. Human Lifespan Development

  2. Working in Health and Social Care

  3. Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

  4. Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

  5. Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

  6. Work Experience in Health and Social Care

  7. Principals of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

  8. Promoting Public Health

There will also be an additional 5 specialist units that could include:

  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing

  • Sociological Perspectives

  • Psychological Perspectives

  • Physiological Disorders and their Care

What are my progression and career options?

This qualification will help to prepare you for employment in the Health and Social Care sector or to progress onto higher education.

Possible career opportunities include becoming a health care assistant, support worker, police officer, education support officer and with further study, you could also possibly enter careers in nursing, midwifery, social work, psychology and teaching.

How will I be assessed?

The first four mandatory units are externally assessed. The remaining 9 units consist of a variety of assessment methods including: case studies, presentations, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time constrained assessments. These assignments will form a portfolio of course work. Work Related Learning is built into the course and many aspects of the course assignments will be based on relevant community work experience.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above, two of which must be Maths and English; a Science GCSE would be advantageous.

  • You will also be required to complete a successful interview.

  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and a health check will need to be completed prior to the start of the course.