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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Macclesfield College

Course description

This course provides an excellent and varied programme giving you access to Higher Education or to a wide variety of Health or Social Care careers. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Health and Social Care and apply your learning in a practical and realistic way.

Course content

During this course you will study a total of eighteen units. Eight core units will provide a general foundation and ten specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.

Core units will include:

  • 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
  • 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

Specialist units will include:

  • Caring for children and young people
  • Public health
  • Physiological disorders
  • Promoting health education
  • Nutrition for health and social care
  • Introduction to counselling skills for health and social care
  • Caring for individuals with additional needs
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Vocational experience for health and social care

Work experience placements are an integral part of the course where you will practice caring skills. Support will be provided to find appropriate placements. 

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, ideally to include English Language or Maths
  • A Level 2 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 2 Diploma) at Merit grade or above with Functional Skills English or Maths at Level 2 or above 

You will need to have undertaken at least one week of work experience in a health and social care setting. Evidence of this experience must be provided at enrolment in the form of a reference from the setting you attended.

As practical placements are an integral part of the course programme you will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


All BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma units are assessed through project and assignment work. There are no external examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Financial information

Additional help and support is available should you require it and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview. 

You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits during your course programme. A financial contribution of £40 towards the cost of these visits and activities is to be paid during the first term. Possible visits may include The Houses of Parliament, Macclesfield Hospital, The Body Worlds Exhibition, The Utility Exhibition and University and UCAS events, but could be subject to change. 

You will need to complete a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before a placement can be secured and this will cost in the region of £45. 
In addition to this you will be required to purchase polo shirts to wear whilst on your placement and these will cost approximately £10 each. 
You will be required to pay a £15 book deposit at enrolment which is refundable at the end of the academic year on the return of all loaned books.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you may wish to:

  • Apply to study a Higher Education qualification such as a HND in Health and Social Care for example 
  • Pursue employment in Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Residential Care Management, Housing or Probation Work
  • Pursue career opportunities in registered care homes, hospitals and primary care trusts and in the fields of housing, community work and the voluntary sector

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Macclesfield College directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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