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Health and Social Care (Social Care) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

The course comprises of 9 units of study.  Each is graded at pass, merit or distinction and an accumulative course grade is awarded at completion

Course content

Subjects studied include:


Psychological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

Sociological Perspectives for Health and Social Care

Promoting Health Education

Research Methodology for Health and Social Care

Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs

Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care Settings

Infection Prevention and Control

Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence



Work Placement Experience

Work placement is an integral part of the course.  Students must complete a minimum of 2 separate placements per year (in one week blocks) and receive suitable progress reports to continue on the course.  Learners will be expected to make contact individual placements and formalised by our placement officers.  The College has a large data base of established relationships with individually vetted local employers.


Additional Qualifications

Whilst studying for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Science students may be given the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as First Aid at Work and GCSEs/functional Skills.  It should be noted that student ability and timetable constraints might affect availability and choice.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade C or above including English Language or functional skills equivalent at Level 2; BTEC Level 2 Diploma/Level 2 Diploma in a related discipline (Distinction grade) with level 2/GCSE English.  This course is suitable for 16-19 year olds.


The course will be assessed through continuous assignment work (tasks) which may incorporate reports, presentations, workshops, role plays and formal discussion. 


The course does not involve exams, therefore it does have A LOT OF COURSEWORK – EXPECT TO HAVE AT LEAST 3 – 4 ASSIGNMENTS PER WEEK.

Financial information

  • Shirt – Placement Uniform                  £12.00
  • Hoodie (optional)                                 £20.00
  • CRB Clearance                                   £44.00

Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

Successful students may be eligible to apply for higher education within the health science area e.g.

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Nursing – Adult, Paediatric or Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Youth and Community
  • Applied social sciences
  • Social work (with appropriate work experience)
  • Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc
  • Paramedic
  • Teaching
  • Psychology Degree
  • Counselling Degree
  • General Care work –eg domiciliary care work
  • Universities will consider you for other courses e.g. International Relations, Anthropology


Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468.  Our e-mail address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stafford College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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