BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Health & Social Care


This course can either be taken as a one year course leading to an Extended Certificate or as a two year course as a  Diploma.

The Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma is an excellent general qualification that combines well with a wide range of other courses. Students will study in a positive, creative and friendly environment where they will be motivated and feel confident to express empathy and understanding with a diverse range of human needs. The content is varied and interesting, ranging from Communication and Childcare to Human Body Systems and Psychology. Learning methods include independently researched projects, talks from visiting speakers and work experience.

What goes well with this course?

Health and Social Care goes well with many subjects, particularly:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport
  • English
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Public Services


In combination with other equivalent qualifications, Health and Social Care students may decide to take up a place at university studying one of a number of degrees related to this subject. Popular courses include Nursing, Midwifery, Speech and Language Therapy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Teaching. A qualification in Health and Social Care will provide essential knowledge of the industry and help prepare students for Higher Education or the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in Health & Social Care
  • Health, safety and security in Health & Social Care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Health Education (as part of this unit students make a health promotion film)
  • Nutrition for Health & Social Care


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable the students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and work experience.

Health & Social Care students are actively involved in local community events, as well as work experience placements in a range of health care settings.


The course is assessed through a split of coursework and exam assessment.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

4 grades A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 in the same subject is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).

Students on this course should be:

  • Interested in the care industry
  • Able to carry out independent research
  • Able to meet coursework deadlines

Students should enjoy and be good at working with others, communicating in speech and writing, planning their own learning and meeting deadlines. The ability to use information technology is also quite important.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Diploma in Health & Social Care information leaflet.

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