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Health & Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

You will learn about the care needs of different groups including the elderly, young children and people with disabilities and how care professionals meet these needs.  Assignments and projects are based on realistic workplace situations and you will learn about the standards expected in care settings.  The course includes essential work placement so you can develop your practical skills and work alongside health and social care professionals.

Course content

These are some of the areas you will study: 

  • Human Lifespan and Development (Exam)
  • Working in Health and Social Care (Exam)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Exam)
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social Care (Externally Assessed Task)
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Work Expeerience Health & Social Care
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health & Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Psychological perspectives


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change

Entry requirements

You will need at least 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C). You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.  Non-GCSE qualifications like BTEC Level 2 in a related area can count towards this total, but we will also look at your overall academic profile. You should have a general interest in social care, health or special needs. An aspiration to work in the health and social care professions is desirable.


Your work will be assessed through assignment work and your work placement.  There will also be three exanms and one externally assessed task.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by College.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

Students from this course have gone on to university to study social work, adult social care, child social care, nursing, paramedic studies, mental health nursing and occupational therapy.  We work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield University and many others who offer a range of courses in related areas.  Some students go on to employment in a health and social care setting.

Further information

Working within care settings is an essential part of the course.  This gives you practical skills needed in addition to the theoretical knowledge you will gain on the course.

You will complete 10 days compulsory work placement in your second year of study. During the first year you will have the opportunity and support to access voluntary experience to support your future career choices. The College will find these placements for you.  Because you will be in a real workplace you will need to meet professional standards of attendance, punctuality and reliability.  We will work with you to help you prepare, including supporting you in making an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The College will subsidise this but you may be asked to make a contribution to the cost. Some placements will also require a medical check. You need to be aware that placements are located across Sheffield and you will need to make your own travel arrangements.

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: 21 February 2018
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