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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will appeal to anyone who is interested in a career in health and social care. Students study a wide range of subjects over 2 years, including developing effective communications, psychological and sociological perspectives for health and social care and professional development. You will also study some specialist units.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care is equivalent to three A-Levels. In year one of the course students study the following units:

  • Developing effective communication in health and social care
  • Equality diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development in health and social care
  • Promoting health education
  • Nutrition for health and social care

The following units are studied in year two of the course:

  • Sociological perspectives for health and social care (5 credits)
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Safeguarding adults and promoting independence
  • Applied sociological perspectives for health and social care
  • Health psychology
  • Complementary therapies for health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives for health and social care (5 credits)
  • Physiological disorders
  • Values and planning in social care
  • Applied psychological perspectives for health and social care

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of: i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths (or L1 functional numeracy pass). For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of: i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Pass) + 2 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade E in GCSE Maths. A clean DBS check is also required before starting the course, along with a satisfactory interview and reference.

Assessment

The course is assessed through course work and the development of a portfolio.

Future opportunities

Higher Education e.g. Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Science degrees, employment in the Health and Social Care sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.