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Health and Social Care Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course.

About the course

If you want to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to help you prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and Higher Education in health or social care one of our level 3 health and social care courses could be for you.

The Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of 18 study units and the Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Diploma is made up of 12 study units.

You will learn about developing effective communication, professional development, equality, diversity and rights, life- stage development, psychology and sociology for health and social care, anatomy and physiology, promoting health education, nutrition and public health.

The Extended Diploma programme will also include an introduction to counselling skills, dealing with challenging behaviour, caring for older people and research project skills.

Work experience is a compulsory part of the course. The one day a week placement, arranged with you, is tailored to your future employment or higher education progression.

Students usually work in nurseries, schools, nursing homes and day centres; hospital placements are limited. All level 3 students must wear a course placement uniform while at their work placement.

On your programme you will study for English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade 4. There is also the opportunity to study for additional awards such as first aid.

You will be required to devote time outside of taught classes to produce coursework such as assignments, written reports and presentations to set deadlines.

Course enrichment includes a range of trips, visits and activities to support coursework and career/higher education progression. These may include a major incident triage care experience with the NHS and fire service. Visits are arranged to places such as health centres, Alton Towers (linked to health and safety), secure hospitals (linked to mental health awareness), the Houses of Parliament (linked to equality and diversity) and London Medical Museums (linked to anatomy and physiology).

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of your DBS check, course placement uniform, trips and anything else you need to buy for your course.

Qualification Title

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Health and Social Care, which is accepted for entry to university and attracts UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A levels.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care which is accepted for entry to Higher Education courses and attracts UCAS Tariff points equivalent to 2 A levels.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for all Level 3 students and will be carried out at the start of the course.


BTEC Health and Social Care courses are assessed mostly by course work however there will also be some exams. Assessment methods include written assignments, worksheets, role plays, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Health and social care is one of the largest industry sectors and offers a huge choice of careers. Students who successfully complete this course can apply to university/Higher Education courses. Past students have gone on to careers and higher education courses in nursing, social work, early childhood studies, occupational therapy, youth and community work, operating department practitioner, applied social sciences, psychology and sociology.

Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: HFNHS1