Health & Social Care Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
D*D*D* 41% (2018)
Awarding Body
Edexcel (3 A level equivalent)

Course Overview

This qualification is going through a consultation process nationally and if any changes are made, we will update information accordingly. However, the units discussed are likely to be representative of possible changes that may take place.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to three A Level Grades A*-C. It is a full time qualification.

The BTEC Extended Diploma covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few. This subject is useful for those wishing to enter professions such as teaching, nursing, midwifery, social work and work within the care sector. After successful completion of the first year, students gain a 90 Credit qualification. Students are then able to progress on to the second year to gain the full Extended Diploma.

How is the Course Assessed?

The diploma consists of 13 units, with eight mandatory units, and five optional units. The course is delivered over two years. All units are assessed and graded ‘pass’, ‘merit’, or ‘distinction’ and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. The course offers a range of vocational assessments (including external assessment) – both practical and written. This means that students will be able to showcase their learning and achievements to best effect.

Mandatory Units

  • Communication
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights
  • Health & Safety
  • Development through the life stages
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Work experience
  • Nutrition for Health and Social Care

Optional Units

The optional units change each year to suit staffing and facilities, so please find below a list of example units:

  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Safeguarding

What Next?

This is a two-year course, however, students who successfully complete the first year, will receive a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Health and Social Care. Upon successful completion of the second year, students will receive the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. This qualifies students to study for a degree in related subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, or a BTEC Higher National Diploma in any related subject. Students also are equipped to enter relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Specific Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C (a grade C in GCSE English Language is desirable but not essential) alternatively, a BTEC level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care at merit or above.

Associated Costs

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is a compulsory element to any Health and Social Care course which involves vocational practice. Students are expected to pay the full cost (£44 approximately), and additional costs may be incurred if sufficient evidence cannot be provided (passport/driving licence etc.). Please speak to the course team for additional information.

You will be able to apply for this course at interview.