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Health and Social Care Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Airedale Academy

Course description

Designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification, this course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering nursing, youth work, social work, care of the elderly, or any of the other occupations associated with Health and Social Care. Students will develop their work-related skills and knowledge and, in addition to completing coursework, are required to arrange and attend a range of appropriate work placements in order to gain practical experience to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.

Students will study for the BTEC Extended Diploma, which is the equivalent of three A-Levels and recognised by employers and universities.

Course content

You will study a wide range of units over 2 years covering a range of topics which could include: effective communication, life span development, public health, anatomy and physiology, caring for children and many more,  You will have the opportunity to participate in a mixture of activities, discussions and presentations,  Some time will be available for supported independent study to produce coursework and undertake your own research.

The majority of the course is assessed through the completion of coursework which is marked internally by staff and then moderated by the exam board.  Other units will be assessed externally.

Work experience is an important part of the course and will give you an insight into the various professions and the opportunity to practice your skills. In the last year we were fortunate to be chosen to be the first school to work with the Connecting Care initiative. Its aim is to widen access to Health and Social Care careers through personally tailored placements accross wakefield, which support each individual students career goals and ambitions.

Students are also offered the opportunity to volunteer in one of our local hospitals through the Ward Befriending scheme.  

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) passes including English and Maths. It may be possible, following discussion at interview, for some students to re-take one or both of these subjects alongside the BTEC qualification. Successful completion of the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care could be beneficial, but is not a requirement.


This majority of this course is assessed through the completion of coursework, though some units will be externally assessed.

At level 3, students will develop their work-related skills and knowledge, covering more advanced topics and issues. In addition to completing coursework, students are required to arrange and attend appropriate work placements in order to gain the practical experience to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.

Financial information

What are the costs?

You may have to pay for certain texts and visits throughout the course.

Financial Support

Some support is available for students facing financial difficulties. A guaranteed bursary of £1200 per year is available for young people in care, care leavers and those students on income support. Subject to funding levels, students who are entitled to Free School Meals or meet the schools bursary criteria may also be able to access some funding to support expenses related to their course. For more details, please speak to the Head of Sixth Form.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course can lead to a variety of higher education courses and jobs, including primary teaching, nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and youth and community work. If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National Diploma in psychology, social work, early years studies, health studies or many more.

This year students have received offers to study degrees in a wide range of topics all over the country including teaching, criminology, youth and community work and mental health nursing from lots of different providers including Russell Group Universities.

Further information

All Year 12 students are also currently studying The Progression Module through Leeds Metropolitan University. This qualification guides students through careers and HE applications and attracts UCAS points which can be used towards entry to selected Universities.

Our pastoral system is very strong at Airedale.  When surveyed 98% of year 13 students said that they felt well supported and guided in their progress into careers, HE or an apprenticeship.

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: 04 October 2017
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