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Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 Cadets at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

The Extended Diploma is designed to provide a holistic programme of applied and general learning related to the occupational areas of health and social care. You will attend College three days a week and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust – either at the Royal Bolton Hospital site or within a community setting.

You will gain experience in a number of clinical areas during the two years, including various wards and departments.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

Throughout the two-year course you will study a variety of units, such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Effective Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives of Health & Social Care
  • Public Health
  • Professional Development in the Workplace
  • Equality, Diversity & Rights
  • Research Methodologies

You will also gain valuable clinical knowledge whilst on work placement, including:

  • An insight into Multi-Disciplinary Team Working
  • Professional Practice
  • Infection, Prevention and Control Procedures
  • Effective Communication
  • Compassion and Caring

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grades 9-4 (A*- C) in at least 5 subjects, including English Language, Maths and preferably Science. There will be an opportunity to resit your Science GCSE during the course, but it must be completed within the two years.

You will also need to have excellent attendance at your last place of study and a clear DBS check.


You will be assessed through course work, which will consist of:

  • Written assignments
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Research projects

You will also be assessed through your work placement. For this, you will be given a competence workbook to be completed during the two years, which will include sections on personal reflection and basic clinical skills.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at college or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

Following further study you could work as:

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Following further study you could work as a:

  • A high level Midwife where you could earn between £31,000 and £41,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Physiotherapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £22,000 a year.
  • An Occupational Therapy Assistant, earning between £15,000 and £23,000 a year.

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Meeting guest speakers from the sector
  • Visiting local providers
  • Taking part in enrichment activities – such as social and sporting events, and getting involved in fundraising activities


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

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: 23 September 2017
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