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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

An experienced team of lecturers, many of whom have worked in the health and social care profession will support your learning. You will need to prepare to work hard independently, carry out in-depth research and use a variety of information sources.

Throughout the programme lecturers and personal tutors will actively encourage you to develop as individuals and provide ongoing pastoral and academic support.

An important part of this course is work experience. You will have the opportunity to be placed in a variety of settings totalling a minimum of 200 hours which is a mandatory part of the course. This will include at least 3 different settings. Previous settings have included hospitals, dentists, early year’s settings, residential homes for the elderly, day centres for clients with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Please note:  A clear DBS certificate will be required in order to complete this course.

The BTEC 90 credit Diploma in Health & Social Care comprises of 90 credits through 540 guided learning hours. This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and forms part of the Extended Diploma which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This is a full-time course which requires you to attend placement one day per week.

It is essential that you progress to Year 2 to achieve the Extended Diploma for employment and university progression.

Course content

Year 1 -  Modules

  • 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
  • Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Values and Planning in Social Care

Year 2 - Modules

  • Public Health
  • Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Caring for Children and Young People
  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care
  • Physiology of Fluid Balance
  • Physiological Disorders
  • Vocational Experience for Health and Social Care
  • Physical Science for Health

There may be opportunities to also gain qualifications in:

  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Food Hygiene

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will be required to attend additional lessons in these areas. These are varied study sessions, and are designed to cater for all ability levels. You'll receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above or Level 2 Diploma. For all progression routes Maths, English and Science will be needed at grade C. GCSE Grade C or above in English is an entry requirement for this course.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Written assignments
  • Portfolio and project work
  • Discussions

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course should allow entry into Higher Education, including Nursing and Midwifery degrees and/or employment or training in the health sector. Previous students have also progressed into Nutrition, Primary School Teaching, Dental Nursing and other allied health care professions.

Further information

Throughout the course you would be required to complete at least 15 hours of independent study time per week. To support you in this you will have access to lecturers via email and will be able to access support materials and resources via our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

There is a refundable charge for library resources and locker key.

Successful completion of the two year course should allow entry into Higher Education, employment or training in the health sector. Some possible careers are Nursing, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

You will need to check university entry requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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