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Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (in partnership with Handsworth Grange Community Sports College) at Sheffield College

Course description

This Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is delivered jointly by Peaks College and Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and is therefore taught over a split site. Most groups have three college days (two full days at HGCSC and one full day at Peaks), one study day and one work placement day.

The course provides you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to pursue a career in the health and social care sector and provide you with a good foundation for many degree courses. It helps develop study skills, self- confidence and communication skills through group work, presentations and work experience. 

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of 13 units of study that includes many different aspects of health and social care. There are 8 mandatory units and these include 3 which have externally set exams related to human lifespan development, anatomy and physiology and working in health and social care.

The rest of the units are work related assignments which are assessed by a variety of existing methods, including areas like public health, individual care and support needs & safe working practices.  

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. Tutors are always grateful for any ideas or contacts for placements. Students can work in a variety of different settings. These include nurseries, nursing homes, day centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation units, mental health units (including secure units), home care, women’s hostels and hospices. (Please note hospital places are available but limited).

You will also 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 activities to support assignment work and career/Higher Education progression. There are regular trips, taster days at universities and visiting speakers. These include visits to London, College of Nursing and Houses of Parliament.

In order for you to study on this programme you will need to have already achieved a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and English.

Staff and Facilities

You will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and health and social care work related backgrounds. Students also benefit from our strong partnerships with local health and social care employers.

Will the course suit me?

This course suits people who are interested in working and developing careers with vulnerable people of all ages and abilities in a health and social care capacity. You should have a caring personality and be able to communicate well.


The BTEC course is assessed by coursework and external examination. Assessment methods include written assignments, practical assessments, observations, photographic records and workbooks. Sometimes the assignments are based on case studies and you may be asked to give a presentation on a topic. We will help you develop your academic skills to support your progress with the course; this will include your reading and writing skills which are key to succeeding on this programme.  

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required 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

The course costs including trips, visits, the DBS check and cost of the work placement uniform will be approximately £100. You may be entitled to help from the college’s Learner Support Fund with the cost of uniform, trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course.


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 study nursing, social work, early childhood studies, occupational therapy, youth and community work, operating department practitioner, applied social sciences, psychology and sociology. There are direct employment opportunities from Level 3, for example hospital health care assistants, care home and domiciliary assistants etc.     

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

Come see for yourself!

Don't just take our word for it though; come and see for yourself at one of out Open Day dates throughout the year:

  • 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

City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will all be open for all dates.

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: KFNHS1H


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    • Welcome to Peaks Campus

      The Sheffield College Peaks campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with ‘The Loft’ canteen and social area, and ‘The Attic’ providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.

      Peaks has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and academic qualifications.


      Peaks Campus, Waterthorpe Greenway, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S20 8LY

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 31 and follow signs for A57.

      Follow the A57 for approximately 3.5 miles continue on to Moss Way.

      When you see the South Yorkshire Police building on your left, take the first exit on the roundabout.

      Peaks Campus is on the right hand side.


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