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Health and Social Care BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Capital City Academy

Course description

This course is for you if:

• You want to develop the ideas and techniques studied at BTEC First to enable you to apply Health and Social Care to solve real life problems and to develop your interest in the subject

• You want to study an in-depth study of the health and social care sector.

• You want to progress to health and social care related degrees

Course content

The course consists of eight mandatory units and five optional units to be completed over the two years. Students will study modules such as:

• Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

• Human Lifespan Development

• Working in Health and Social Care

• Meeting Individual Care And Support Needs

• Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

• Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

• Promoting Public Health

• Work Experience in Health and Social Care.

A BTEC National Extended Diploma carries UCAS points for students to continue onto a Higher Education course.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for level 3 is APS > 37 or above including Mathematics and English with grade 4 or above. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels but may also be offered as the Extended Certificate equal to one A-level.


13 units of which 8 are mandatory and 4 are externally marked. Mandatory content (72%).

External assessment (42%)

Future opportunities

Because the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is the main focus of a two year study programme of learning and is equivalent to 3 A levels, students will be fully prepared for a range of health and social care degree programmes. In addition to the sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers.

For example, the study of contemporary issues in health and social care requires students to research and provide additional evidence to support an argument set out in technical journals. This activity requires the application of the higher order skills of secondary research, evaluation and analysis. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses, for example: BSc (Hons) in Nursing, BA (Hons) in Social Work, BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) in Speech Therapy, BA (Hons) in Health and Social Care.

The health studies pathway within the qualification is more scientific in nature, and students will select from a wide range of health science units. This will support students when applying for degree programmes that expect larger amounts of prior science knowledge. This can include degree and training programmes in: radiography, midwifery and nursing, paramedic science, podiatry, healthcare science, NHS Practitioner Training Programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Capital City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September