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Health and Social Care BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma Level 3 at City College Plymouth

Course description

Equivalent to three A Levels, our study programme has been created to give you a broad understanding of the health and social care sector in a very practical way. By asking you to work on small research projects and your own work placement, you will apply your technical knowledge to realistic work situations. 

Course content

This course has been developed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or direct employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification has been designed to be delivered in a work-related context to give you technical knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject at an advanced level.

The core units of study include:

  • development through life stages
  • developing effective communication
  • equality, diversity and rights
  • physiology and anatomy
  • health, safety and security
  • personal and professional development
  • sociological perspectives
  • psychological perspectives.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this course you will need one of the following:

  • five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English)
  • an intermediate GNVQ
  • a BTEC first diploma (merit and distinction unit achievement)
  • an NVQ Level 2/technical certificate
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must provide evidence of level 1 -2 mathematics functional ability.
Level 2 qualifications need to have been achieved at merit or above.

You will be expected to undertake an initial assessment to help determine their operational level of literacy and numeracy, this will be used to help guide learners to the most appropriate course.

As with any care or childcare course, once you have accepted the offer of a place, you will need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; this will be discussed at interview and you will be expected to contribute £22 towards the DBS check.

Since October 2014, all students undertaking work experience in child care settings are required to sign an additional declaration to confirm that they are not disqualified from working with children ‘by association’; this means that you confirm, to the best of your knowledge, that you are not living in the same household as an individual who is disqualified from working with children/young people.


Your work will be assessed through assignments, coursework and work placement competence. 

Future opportunities

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • the Health and Social Care Foundation Degree at the College
  • NVQs in care
  • a HNC in a health related subject
  • a degree in a health and social care related subject
  • further training with employment
  • employment within social care professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 February 2016

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