BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/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:

  • 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
  • Nutrition for Health & Social Care
  • Promoting Health Education
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Health & Social Care
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health & Social Care
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health & Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health & Social Care
  • Research Methodology for Health & Social Care
  • Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs


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 (75%) and an exam (25%). 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

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).

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 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care information leaflet.

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