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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

The BTEC Extended Diploma (NQF) is equivalent to 3 A levels. It is designed to give you a firm grounding in Health and Social Care, helping you to learn the skills and abilities required for work or future study in all aspects of care, health or people-centred work. The course includes theory and practical sessions and a work experience placement.

Course content

You will have a mixture of classroom-based lessons, group work, practical sessions, group and individual visits, and the chance for independent study. In a typical lesson you will be taught relevant theories and background knowledge, which you will then apply to a real health and social care setting, client group or situation you are researching, whether real or a case study. These courses give you the opportunity to focus upon specific areas that interest you.

Students must take the following nine units:

  • Human Lifespan Development – written exam
  • Principles of Safe Practice – coursework
  • Working in Health and Social Care – written exam
  • Public Health – coursework
  • Anatomy and Physiology – written exam
  • Work Experience – coursework and WE
  • Research in Health and Social Care – externally assessed
  • Nutritional Health – coursework
  • Individual Care and Support – coursework

Extended Diploma students must also study an additional four specialist units. We have a choice of 10 different specialist units and will select from them based on staff expertise and students’ needs and interests.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the level 3 BTEC entry requirements.


Units are assessed through a mixture of examinations, external assessment and coursework. In addition, you must complete a minimum of three weeks work experience at a health and social care setting.

Future opportunities

BTEC Health & Social Care combines well with all AS and A level subjects. Candidates considering a degree in nursing or midwifery sometimes opt to take a science-based A level. With one of a range of National Curriculum subjects at A level, it supports applications for teacher training or social work. Health & Social Care provides the basis for a broad range of university courses, whether in Social Science, Education, Health Studies or other subjects.

You may choose to use your qualifications to go straight into employment. As BTEC Health and Social Care helps you to develop the transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for, this course can lead to a very wide range of employment opportunities including further training in such areas as social work and caring.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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