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Level 3 Health and Social Care at Harborne Academy

Course description

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social care is for students who wish to pursue their career in Health & Social care professions. Learners are required to complete mandatory work experience for 100 hours. The study consists of assignments, tasks and written exam set by Pearson. The exam units are: Unit 1- Human Lifespan Development Unit 2 - Working in Health & Social care Unit 4 – Anatomy & Physiology

Course content

The course covers Human Lifespan Development, Working in Health & Social care, Caring and Supporting in Health and Social care, Anatomy & Physiology, Enquiries into Current Research in Health & Social care, Meeting individual care & support needs, Work experience in Health & Social care, Infection prevent & Control, Principles of safe Practice in Health & Social care, Promoting Public Health, Sociological Perspectives, Psychological Perspectives, Supporting Individuals with Additional Needs and Scientific Techniques for Health Science. A minimum of 100 hours work experience placement is a key part of the course. All students will undergo Criminal Record Bureau checks and must hold no criminal convictions or cautions to study or work in Health & Social care.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following: 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above ( including English Language, Maths & Science), a Merit Grade on the BTEC First Certificate (and Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy), and no criminal convictions or cautions


The Exam units are: 

Unit 1 - Human Lifespan Development                                                                               

Unit 2 - Working in Health and Social care

Unit 4 - Anatomy and Physiology.

A minimum of 100 hours work experience placement is a key part of the course.  All students will undergo Criminal Record Bureau checks and must hold no criminal convictions or cautions to study or work in Health & Social care.

Future opportunities

Degrees in Nursing, Health Visiting, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Physiotherapy Assistants, Operating department Practise Diploma, Degree in Dental nursing and Allied Health Care Professions

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: 24 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


  • More information
    • Applications are now being taken for places at the Medical Professions Academy for Sixth Formers at Harborne Academy which opened in September 2014.

      The Academy for Careers in the Medical Professions offers a range of Science based courses including AS/A Levels and vocational courses for Sixth Formers to support their aspirations for careers in the medical professions.

      Whether your aspirations are to be a Doctor or a Scientist in cancer research, the Academy has a range of qualifications that will meet the entry requirements of either University or apprenticeship employment.

      It is very competitive to get into Medical School, and students applying will be required to achieve high grades in their A Level study (or equivalent qualifications).

      We look forward to welcoming you into the Sixth Form to commence your studies and hope that you maximise the opportunities available - you will have to work hard but the rewards will be enormous.


      To develop the knowledge and skills of all students enrolled in the Medical Academy so they can progress onto relevant university level courses or gain employment in suitable occupations in the medical sector.



      • Stunning 'state of the art' new building opened in October 2013
      • Outstanding facilities which are amongst the best in the UK
      • Links and partnerships with NHS Trusts, hospitals and medical practitioners.
      • HealthTec connections
      • Links with universities and local medical providers


      • Preparation for University entrance
      • Parents consultation evenings
      • Student Progress Reports twice per year
      • Regular contact with parents

      Trips and Visits and Extra-curricular Activities:

      • Clubs and Societies
      • University entrance preparation
      • Open University studies
      • Maths competitions
      • Big Bang -  an annual Science based event