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Health & Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (90 Credit Diploma Route) at Harrow College

Course description

This course is suitable for young people, and some adult learners, who wish to study full time and gain a qualification in Health and Social Care in order to progress to Higher Education or employment.

Course content

You will study a number of mandatory and optional units to achieve a total of 90 credits in order to complete the qualification. These are some examples of units you may study:

Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care; Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care; Development through the Life Stages; Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care; Sociological and Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care; Infection Prevention and Control and Research Methodology in Health and Social Care.

You will also develop your research and study skills through individual and group project work.

Through a mixture of lectures, discussions, group and pair work, practical demonstrations, role play and work experience. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study outside of timetabled classes. You will also need to undertake a weekly mandatory work experience placement in a health and care setting whilst you study for the entire course.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C or above (Which must include both Maths and English. Applicants without these will be signposted to our Level 3 subsidiary Diploma in health and Social Care. Applicants will also need to complete an initial diagnostics in English and Maths, have an interview and complete a DBS Police Check and a College declaration form. Any convictions/warnings/reprimands which prevent you from working with children or vulnerable people must be declared as they can prohibit you from successfully completing the compulsory work placement element and can be used to determine your suitability for the course. As learners will be working with vulnerable groups, it is a requirement that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations in line with the UK national immunisation schedule, and in particular that they have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. This will be verified at interview or prior to attending work placement. Working in the Health and Care field is physically demanding and requires learners to have a calm and professional approach as you will be dealing with various vulnerable client groups. You will also need to pass a fitness for practice assessment at interview/prior to enrolment to ensure you are able to complete the compulsory work experience placement on the course, this may require you to provide additional medical information to determine your suitability.


All units are internally assessed there are no examinations. You will complete assignments for each units and these could include; written essays, written or verbal reports, assessed role plays and presentations, case studies, observations, diaries or journals.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could top up to the Extended Diploma in Health and social Care, which can progress to Higher Education. Relevant degree courses could include; nursing, midwifery, social/youth work or teaching. Alternatively you could seek employment in health and social care settings such as hospitals, surgeries, nursing and care homes.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

Pens, paper, ring binder, plastic wallet and a USB memory stick.

Additional costs:

You will need to complete a DBS check cost approx £44 (please note this is subject to change) and also purchase the recommended text books.

To find out more about this course/qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 March 2016
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