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Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

The Health and Social Care sector is exciting and worthwhile, working with those who are vulnerable, helping them become increasingly independent, having dignity and choice in their lives. So if you want to help and support people, care for their needs and build trusting relationships then this course is for you!

Course content

At the end of the first year you will be awarded a Subsidiary Diploma  (BTEC) which is equivalent to one A Level. The subjects you will study include: communication, equality, the human body and development through the life stages. Specialist units in subjects ranging from abuse to dementia care will also be completed. During this year you will do two separate weeks of work placement which could be in a residential or day care organisation or an early years setting. In the second year, there are two further placement weeks. A wide range of subjects such as: nutrition, caring for those with learning disabilities and health education will be covered in class. At the end of two years you will be awarded the BTEC Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

  • Experience placements in local settings, enabling you to put your studies into practice
  • Learn how to help people become independent and to have dignity and choice in their lives
  • Opens up routes into a variety of work-based settings or further study

Entry requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.


You will have no exams during this course as all the units are continually assessed and can be completed to pass, merit or distinction level. The assignments are often based on case study material and will include:

  • Written documents: leaflets, booklets, essays and posters
  • Presentations and role plays
  • Reflections and observations

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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