Exam Board: Edexcel

  • What skills are required by those who work in Health &Social Care sectors?
  • How do we meet a person’s specific care needs?
  • How can we apply Psychology to the work of Health & Social Care professionals?


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Diploma is equivalent to ALL THREE A Level subject option blocks. 
  • You want the opportunity to undertake a one day per week work experience placement where you will be able to apply some of the knowledge gained in lessons, while also adding to your C.V.
  • You wish to develop key academic knowledge and practical skills relevant for nursing and other key Health & Social Care professions.
  • You want to widen and deepen a variety of skills including research, ICT, evaluative skills, communication skills, problem solving, presentation skills, and learning to work independently as well as in groups. 
  • You wish to learn aspects of human Biology, Sociology and Psychology and apply them to real, practical situations.


Where does it lead?

BTEC Level 3 qualifications earn you UCAS points, allowing you to progress to university. Students can go in to careers such as nursing, teaching, midwifery, social work, occupational therapy and many more. The valuable practical experience you will gain will also be useful if you decide to go straight into employment in the Health & Social Care sector.  Skills learnt on this course are transferable to a range of other careers, expanding your future career prospects.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Human Life Span Development

This unit is assessed via an exam.

Working in Health & Social Care

This unit is assessed via a controlled assessment.

Meeting Individual Care & Support Needs

This unit is assessed via coursework.

Work Experience in Health & Social Care

You will gain relevant work experience in your placement (one day per week). This will be assessed via coursework.

Sociological Perspectives

You will look at sociological issues affecting Health & Social Care. This will be assessed via coursework.

Psychological perspectives

You will gain an insight into the main psychological perspectives and how they apply to Health and Social Care. This will be assessed via coursework.

Physiological Disorders & their Care

You will look at disorders such as Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease and others. You will learn about the signs, symptoms and process of diagnosis as well as care pathways and support systems. This is assessed via coursework.


Year 2

Anatomy & Physiology for Health & Social Care

This unit is assessed via an exam.

Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care

This unit is assessed via a controlled assessment.

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

This unit is assessed via coursework.

Promoting Public Health

This unit will be assessed via coursework.

Infection Prevention & Control

This unit is assessed via coursework.

Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs

This unit is assessed via coursework.


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework and controlled assessments. The course focuses on the vocational aspects of Health & Social Care so you will find a lot of teaching is based on work experience and placement visits or case studies and role plays.


What activities can I get Involved in?

You will complete at least 100 hours of work experience in each year of the course in three different sectors of Health & Social Care (Nursery/Primary Education, organisations with clients with specific learning or physical difficulties or services which support older adults). This will be organised for you and will be monitored by our placement officer. This will help you with assignments, build up valuable experience for your CV and contribute significantly to personal statements for university applications.


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