Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

Who is this course for?

If you are interested in developing an understanding of caring organisations and the clients they serve and would like to work in sectors such as Health Care, Social Services, Police, and Youth or Social Work, then this is the course for you.

You will have the opportunity of valuable work experience with local health and care providers such as social services, care of the elderly, and hospitals. You will gain a broad understanding of health and social care working environments.

You will need to be physically and emotionally resilient and be able to communicate effectively with all population groups in society in order to meet the criteria. 


What are the entry requirements for the course?

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or higher, one of these must be either Maths or English Language.

You will also need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at a cost of £45 and join the Update Service at a cost of £13.


How long is this course?

A two-year full-time course beginning in September and ending in June.


What will I study on this course?

Units you will study include: 

Human Lifespan Development – learners cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.

Working in Health and Social Care – learners explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.

Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care – earners cover the structure, organisation and function of the human body, and anatomical and physiological systems and medical research related to disorders affecting these systems.

Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care – learners explore the methodologies of contemporary research and investigate the implications for health and social care practice and services.

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – learners focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Work Experience in Health and Social Care – learners explore the benefits of work experience. They carry out and reflect on a period of work experience, and plan for personal and professional development.

Principles of Safe Practice – learners explore the importance of safe working practices, safeguarding procedures and responding to emergency situations in health and social care settings.

Promoting Public Health – learners explore the aims of public health policy and the current approaches to promoting and protecting health and encouraging behaviour change in the population.

Sociological Perspectives – learners study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups.

Psychological Perspectives – learners explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings.

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs – aiming to give you specialist knowledge that can be crucial to ensuring that those with additional needs meet their full potential.

Physiological Disorders and their Care – learners explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.

Caring for individuals with Dementia – learners explore conditions leading to dementia, their causes, symptoms, the effects on individuals and the support required to ensure independence and dignity for individuals.


What Qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands College are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course, you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for.

You will attend a work placement for 1 or 2 week blocks.


What does this course lead on to?

This course is equivalent to three A levels and can therefore prepare you for University entrance. (48 – 168 UCAS points).

Alternatively, this course provides direct access to jobs as a Care Worker or in any health field in an assistant capacity.

Through further training (usually at University), you can gain access to careers in social work and a variety of health professions including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, paramedic, and youth work.

There is also the opportunity for direct progression on to the FdSc Psychology with Criminology and the BA (Hons) Social Work (Jersey) at University College Jersey, Highlands College.


How much will it cost?

There are no course fees for this programme but you will need to self-obtain a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (£45) and sign up to the Update Service (£13).


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608582 or email:


Additional Information

All 6th form courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers. Where a course does not meet the required number, it will be reluctantly cancelled for that academic year. Applicants affected will be contacted and offered a transfer to another course if a suitable one is available.

Anyone who has been out of education for longer than 6 months will be invited for interview. Following interview, the application will be referred to a review panel.

International students should contact Jersey immigration on before making an application.