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Health and Social Care - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at City and Islington College

Course description

If you're a recent school leaver who wants to specialise in Health and Social Care either in higher education or at work, this course could be for you. Taking in everything from human anatomy and physiology to equality and diversity at work, this Extended Diploma will also give you valuable work experience.

Course content

You'll learn about topics such as public health, sociological and psychological perspectives, caring for children, and young people, and safeguarding adults and promoting independence.  You'll also study Effective Communication; Equality, Diversity and Rights; Anatomy and Physiology, Social Sciences and complete a research project. You'll also go on placement to experience working in a Health and Social Care setting.

Entry requirements

  • You will need four GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English and Maths GSCE at Grade D
  • Alternatively, you can have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care at merit level or above (including Level 1 English and Functional Skills).
  • You will need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which costs approximately £50 but it is free if you will be under 19 years old. 
  • All applicants will have a formal interview and assessment prior to enrolment.
  • You must bring a reference from a school or employer.


Assessment is by coursework, work placement and final research project.

Future opportunities

Passed with merit or distinction, a BTEC Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels, and opens up the opportunity for you to study Health, Social Sciences or a related field at University or Higher Education. Alternatively, it allows for progression to more responsible positions in your workplace, particularly in areas such as Human Resources.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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      What We Offer

      Based in Holloway, Islington, we are a Centre of vocational excellence in Beauty Therapy, Child Care, Hairdressing, Counselling, Public Services, Health and Social Child Care, Access to HE courses, Supported Learning including: Skillsbase, Woodwork and Furniture Making which are part of the supported learning curriculum. We offer courses from Entry level through to our level 4 and 5 foundation degrees. On these courses you will have access to the highest standards of teaching and individual support to help you achieve your ambition.