Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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Availability & Details

Health & Social Care, BTEC (2016) Level 3 National Extended Diploma AF-HESC3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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Preparing you for a variety of social care professions, this course includes anatomy and physiology, caring for people with individual needs and development through the life stages. This full time course prepares you to go to university to study social work, forensic psychology, counselling, psychology and teaching amongst other subjects. It is also a pathway into a social care route in paramedic science, youth work, social work, nursing and care homes, day centres and special needs schools.

During this course, you will have opportunities to study how all types of service user, from the very young to the elderly, are cared for in our society and you’ll undertake 100 hours of work experience in a variety of social care settings. 


9-4 grade profile at GCSE (A*- C on old GCSE grading). Alternatively, a Merit or above at Level 2. Mathematics and English GCSE grade 4 or above. In addition, to study this course, you should have an interest in working with people. You must have a clear DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. It is very important as we must be confident to send you out on placement to work with vulnerable people.

You will study a wide variety of units including:

Examined units

  • Working in Health and Social Care (90-minute exam)
  • Lifespan and Development (90-minute exam)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (90-minute exam)
  • Enquiries into Research (externally assessed coursework)

Coursework units

  • Individual Needs
  • Public Health
  • Caring for those with Dementia
  • Sociology


You will experience a mixture of interactive and student-led sessions including roleplay, discussions and team task based sessions. Formal lessons will include presentations both student and teacher-led, exam preparation and guest speakers. You will complete 100 hours of work experience in the sector, applying learned skills and completing performance criteria to be signed off by a setting mentor. 

42% external assessment, 58% coursework.

You will be required to achieve 100 hours of work experience.

Textbooks totalling approximately £75.

This course will enable you to progress onto a degree programme in any social care course such as Social Work, Paramedic Science, Psychology, Counselling or Youth Work. It will also help you to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship for any health and social care programme, as well as directly into the social care sector as a Care Worker within day centres, care homes or special needs settings.

You could also progress to Higher Education courses including, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Criminal Psychology and Special Educational Needs teaching.

“This course has given me new experiences and opportunities, opening my mind to my future careers. It has given me the confidence to apply to the University of Southampton to study Mental Health Nursing”