BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care


If you have an interest in the health and social care of people in the community, then this course is for you. There will be 100 hours of compulsory work experience which will be incorporated into the course. This course enables students to reach a standard equivalent to 3 A Levels through coursework and assessment.

Many students go on to do Degree and Diploma courses in Health and Social Care related subjects, however, it should be noted that many of these courses (Nursing and Midwifery for example), require students to take other Science subjects alongside this course.

All students will undergo a DBS check as part of safeguarding legislation. 


You could take this course to prepare for higher education in Health and Social Care or more general higher education courses as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the social sectors. 

Course Content

This course covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Human Lifespan Development (exam) Year 1
  • Working in Health & Social Care (exam) Year 1
  • Meeting individual needs
  • Work experience
  • Anatomy and Physiology (exam) Year 2
  • Enquires into Research
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives


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


This course is assessed through coursework (72%) and an exam over the two years. Students will complete a number of units of coursework. The points achieved on each unit will be added together to form an overall grade.

The awarding body for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above with English and Mathematics at 3 or better (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

Students will also have to undertake a DBS check.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 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 Diploma in Health & Social Care information leaflet.

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