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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Health & Social Care Level 3


Level 3

Career Sector

Early Years, Childcare & Education

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care provides an entry into many health or social care occupations and related degree courses.

It will help you develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and higher education in health or social care.

This programme promotes a wide range of academic and vocational skills that employers and universities are looking for.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa


  • A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above. Grade D/3 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade D/3 or above in any GCSE Science
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language
  • You will also require a satisfactory DBS check

    Please note that some health-related degree courses also require grade C/4 or above in GCSEs Maths and/or Science

What will I study?


Core Modules

Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care

Promoting equality, diversity and rights

Promoting health, safety and security

Development through the life stages

Additional Modules

Infection prevention and control

Diet and nutrition

Technology in Health & Social Care

Public health

Caring for children and young people

Why study Health & Social Care at USP College?

  • Be part of our College Company Care Ready. Complementing your time in college, you will also learn the ropes through work experience and shadowing placements in organisations such as Summercare, Oakdale Residential Home and Basildon and Southend Hospitals.
  • Guest lectures from a range of Health & Social Care professionals, including: Nurses, Midwives, Paramedics, Therapists and Social Workers.
  • Trips to complement the course might include: Thorpe Park (linked to health and safety), Colchester Zoo (linked to equality and diversity), the Science Museum (linked to anatomy and physiology) and Anglia Ruskin University (linked to Higher Education progression).
  • Work placement forms a mandatory part of the course. You will have opportunities to go into various settings including nurseries, schools, nursing homes and day centres to complete the work experience requirement of the course.

What could I do next?

You can continue your studies by entering Higher Education in specific career related programmes like Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Social Work or Occupational Therapy.

Alternatively, you could choose to study related degree courses in subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies or Public Health.

You could also progress directly to employment in one of the many Health & Social Care support job roles, such as: Care Worker, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Maternity Support Worker, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Social Care Assistant or Phlebotomist.

Additional information

A satisfactory DBS check will be required. A DBS currently costs £54 and you will be required to pay for this.

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