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Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Level 3) at Palmer's College

Course description

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care is a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills in the Health and Social Care sector. You will learn how to carry out some of the practical skills such as measuring clients vital signs (bloodpressure, pulse, temperature and respiration), first aid skills (with a first aid certificate), caring for a virtual baby, caring for disabled clients, heart dissection etc.

Course content

The course includes 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
• Development through the life stages
• Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
• Personal and professional development in health and social care

The course includes a mandatory work placement for one day per week during the first year.

Entry requirements

Minimum of four Cs at GCSE or a full Level 2 Diploma in a related subject.


Combination of assignments and one formal practical exam.

Financial information

Travel to work placement.

Future opportunities

All the BTEC Health and Social Care courses provide an excellent base for students looking to progress onto a higher education course, direct entry into full time employment or further learning opportunities within employment. Our students have progressed on to university courses such as Child/Adult Nursing, Social Work and Occupational Therapy and into employment as care worker, nursery assistant, teaching assistant and youth work.

Further information

More information is available from the College website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Palmer's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2015
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    • We are a specialist sixth form college providing post-16 education in South Essex to over 2000 students. Palmer's College is a warm and welcoming college and offers a fantastic team of teaching and support staff alongside superb new facilities.  The College has spent an impressive £4.2 million to improve its student facilities over the past three years.

      There is a place for everyone at Palmer’s – our students are treated like adults, make great friends and achieve success in A-levels, BTEC and secretarial courses.