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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) at Forge Valley School

Course description

Similar to the Diploma, this course will prepare you for a range of related occupations without limiting your choice too early. It will offer you greater breadth of modules, including a mandatory Work Experience unit. Similarly, it allows a flexible approach to learning through coursework, placements and exams to prepare you for your chosen career. You will put the theory you have learned into practice by carrying out a range of activities and doing your own research. The skills you gain will prepare you for employment or further study at university or college.

The course is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

You will have 15 hours of taught lessons each week.

Course content

You will study 13 units over the course. These will include the following:

  • Human lifespan development

  • Working in Health and Social Care

  • Anatomy and physiology in Health and Social Care

  • Work Experience

  • Current research into Health and Social Care

  • Meeting individual care and support needs

  • Principles of safe practice in Health and Social Care

  • Promoting public health

  • Physiological disorders and their care

  • Nutritional Health

  • Caring for individuals with dementia

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Understanding Mental Wellbeing

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including English.

Minimum of a Grade 4 or equivalent if you have previously studied Health and Social Care.


Over the two year course you will have 4 external assessments (2 exams and 1 synoptic task). The remaining 9 units are assessed internally through coursework.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with the prospect of then advancing to higher education, BTEC Higher Nationals or NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in areas of medicine, childcare, healthcare, nutrition, or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Health and Social Care such as a Nurse, Midwife, Dietician, Teacher or areas of Social Work, or many other Health Care related degrees or careers.

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years