Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

Course Code: HSCED
Learning Aim Code: 50095018
Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: Two Years
Campus: Wellington Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are planning on a career in nursing, midwifery or social Work, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care will equip you with the range of skills and knowledge needed to work in the profession.

As well as learning theory in the classroom you will also be expected to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of work experience giving you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a care setting.

You will also be encouraged to take up voluntary or part time work in a related field which will be a valuable addition to your CV and demonstrate commitment to future employers or be of benefit if you wish to apply for a higher education course.

Our lecturers have a range of experience and qualifications in health and social care so don’t just teach theory, but prepare you for a career in the profession. After all, why learn from a book when you can learn from a nurse? Why discuss psychology in a classroom when you could be discussing how to help people with it in a real care setting?

If you want to continue your learning and progress to a higher education qualification or university degree, the course will give you the skills that our former students tell us are essential when studying at this level.

As part of the course you will have the opportunity to meet with health and social care assessors who are able to provide firsthand experience of working in the profession, along with guest speakers who will give presentations on employment or higher education opportunities.

This is a two year full-time course.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study some of the following units:

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Developing through the life stages
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care

In year 2, after successful completion of your first year modules on the 90 Credit Diploma, you will study a further nine modules.

What skills will I gain?

Studying this course you will develop:

  • Important vocational skills in communication, health and safety and equality and diversity
  • In-depth knowledge of human growth and development through the life stages
  • Understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems
  • Understanding of the different sociological and psychological approaches that can be used when working in a health and social care setting
  • Valuable team working skills by taking part in whole class and small group discussions and presentations
  • Research skills to enable you to plan and conduct your own research relating to a health or social care issue and evaluate the success of your outcomes
  • Skills to plan, monitor and reflect on your own professional development while on placement

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed throughout the programme through project work, assignments, peer assessments, presentations, case studies and workbooks.

What can I do next?

The skills and knowledge you will gain on this course will enable you to:

  • Work in the health and social care profession
  • Progress to a higher education course in the subject

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access the course you will require:

  • Four or more GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or maths (specified which for some courses) OR
  • BTEC Health and Social Care Diploma Level 2
  • Prior to enrolment on the course you will also be required to provide a good quality reference and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will be paid for by the college

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