BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

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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.


How long is this course?

Two-year full-time course from September 2022 to June 2024.


What will I study on this course?

Units you will study can include: 

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Safe Practice and Safeguarding in Health and Social Care
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Dementia Care
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Sociological Perspectives
  • Public Health 
  • Nutrition
  • Research for Health and Social Care 


What Qualification will I gain?

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 either one day a week or for 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.

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 BSc (Hons) Degree in Social Science at University College Jersey.


How much will it cost?

There are no course fees for this programme but you will need to 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: