Working in the health sector provides a varied and satisfying career path and
provides the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The
National Health Service is the largest employer in the UK, with over a million
staff, and has a wide range of professional careers available throughout the
country. In an ever changing world, with huge advances in the diagnosis and
treatment of patients, it’s a really exciting time to be training for a career in
health. In addition, there are a wide variety of careers available within the
growing social care sector. These roles support the needy and vulnerable in
our society and also contribute to the wellbeing of our nation.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care
A great first step towards your professional career in health or social care is
the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. This
newly redeveloped qualification is a fantastic alternative to A Levels and has
been designed in consultation with both NHS Trusts and UK universities to
be a stepping stone into degree courses in the healthcare professions and
social work. The course offers an additional advantage over the traditional
A Level route as it includes vocational work experience placements which will
enhance your university application.
This qualification, equivalent to A Levels for university entry and stretching over
two years at St Ambrose Barlow 6th Form College, will enable you to gain
a place at university to work towards a career in a number of professions.
This could include a degree in Nursing or Midwifery, professions allied to
medicine (e.g. occupational therapy, podiatry, radiography, etc), social work
and ambulance paramedics, and it will also help you gain access to various
care roles within residential and domiciliary care, day centres and nurseries.