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

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care provides an entry into many health or social care occupations and related degree courses.

It will help you develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career and higher education in health or social care.

This programme promotes a wide range of academic and vocational skills that employers and universities are looking for.

Course content


  • Developing effective communication in Health & Social Care
  • Promoting equality, diversity and rights
  • Promoting health, safety and security
  • Development through the life stages.


  • Infection prevention and control
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Technology in Health & Social Care
  • Public health
  • Caring for children and young people.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs (minimum) Grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.


  • A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade D/3 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade D/3 or above in any GCSE Science
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language
  • You will also require a satisfactory DBS check
  • Please note that some health-related degree courses also require grade C/4 or above in GCSEs Maths and/or Science.


Teaching is through a combination of lectures, class-based activities, discussions, pair and group work, practical demonstrations and independent research. The majority of assessment is by course work; there are no examinations. 

Financial information

  • All students will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check in line with Ofsted regulations for those who work with children and vulnerable adults. This is presently £62 but may be subject to increase
  • Trips and visits should not exceed £50 in any one year.

Future opportunities

  • You can continue your studies by entering Higher Education in specific career related programmes like Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Social Work or Occupational Therapy.
  • Alternatively, you could choose to study related degree courses in subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Health Studies or Public Health. 
  • You could also progress directly to employment in one of the many Health & Social Care support job roles, such as: Care Worker, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Maternity Support Worker, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Social Care Assistant or Phlebotomist. 

Student success stories

We have a good record of students progressing to university, and popular choices for further study include:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy.   

Further information

  • Guest lectures from a range of Health & Social Care professionals, including: Nurses, Midwives, Paramedics, Therapists and Social Workers.
  • Trips to complement the course might include: Thorpe Park (linked to health and safety), Colchester Zoo (linked to equality and diversity), the Science Museum (linked to anatomy and physiology) and Anglia Ruskin University (linked to Higher Education progression).
  • Work placement forms a mandatory part of the course. You will have opportunities to go into various settings including nurseries, schools, nursing homes and day centres to complete the work experience requirement of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2018
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    • Approximately 3,000 students study at Seevic College's university style campus located in Benfleet, Essex. 

      Recently our campus was transformed by a multimillion pound refurbishment project. During the project, we:

      • Built a brand new space for socialising and event hosting - it's called The Hub
      • Completely refurbished and remodelled 26 classrooms and teaching spaces
      • Created a brand new Learning Support Centre
      • Developed a brand new Performing Arts facility