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Health and Social Care BTEC 90 Credit Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

This Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care is designed for anyone who is passionate about caring for others and making a difference in the community. Whether you’re expanding your knowledge from a Level 2 course or just starting your journey into the health and social care world, this diploma will give you the advanced knowledge you need for a successful future. You’ll have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics, each of which will give you the skills and abilities to follow a rewarding career in this sector. You’ll cover all the vital aspects of social care, including health & safety, communication, and equality & diversity. You’ll then dive deeper into anatomy and physiology, life stages development, and diet & nutrition, in order to give you a wider understanding of the core factors at play in this industry. As part of the course, you’ll also take part in a work placement to provide you with practical first-hand experience of health and social care. Not only will this help you develop relevant knowledge for the course, it will also give you essential skills to help you secure a good job in the future.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least 4 GCSEs in total at grade C or above, including both English and Maths, if you’d like to enrol on this course. Alternatively, if you’re advancing from a previous Level 2 course, you should have a Merit grade in Health and Social Care. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


A large part of this course will be assessed via coursework, which will include a combination of practical assessments, essays and presentations. You will also need to conduct 100 hours of placement in a health and social care setting each year.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

When you have completed this Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, you’ll have a huge range of options open to you to take your knowledge, skills and abilities to the next level with us at The Manchester College. You could advance onto a HNC or HND in Health and Social Care, a BA (Hons) degree in the subject, or a range of career-focused degrees in nursing, childcare and social work. Alternatively, you’ll find a host of careers in health, care and wellbeing open to you already!

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Nicholls Campus offers courses for school leavers, adults and university level students. Subject areas include business, care, IT, nursing and medical sciences. The campus is home to the Arden School of Theatre, offering professional training in the performing arts as part of The Manchester College. The campus also hosts courses in skills for life and independent living for students with learning difficulties.

      Nicholls Campus is a specialist centre for sport. It’s home to the Nicholls Community Football Centre of Excellence and the college’s Sports Academies in football, rugby and basketball.

      Facilities at Nicholls Campus include:

      • full size grass football pitch
      • synthetic five-a-side pitches
      • sports hall
      • fitness suite
      • IT suites
      • science labs
      • library resources centre (LRC)
      • canteen
      • a student common room with pool tables, table tennis, CD player and quiet seated area

      Local area

      Ardwick is close to Manchester’s city centre and the city's universities. Nicholls Campus includes an impressive Grade II listed building with its own gardens. There’s a small park within walking distance of the campus and a green space across the road.

      The nearby Manchester Apollo is a 3,500 capacity live music venue. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are five minutes away by car. There are a post office, supermarket and other shops nearby. The campus is on a main bus route from the city centre and is close to Ardwick train station.