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

Course description

This course is ideal if you are looking for an extensive, general preparation for a career in health or social care. This is a progression course, in your first year you will study the BTEC 90-credit Level 3 Diploma with the possibility of progressing to this Extended Diploma in your second year. Successful completion provides students with the potential to enter employment or progression onto Higher Education.

Course content

Proposed units of study

  • Unit 11: Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence
  • Unit 14: Physiological Disorders
  • Unit 20: Promoting Health Education
  • Unit 21: Nutrition for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 22: Research Methodology for Health and Social Care
  • Unit 24: Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care settings
  • Unit 26: Caring for Individuals with Additional Needs
  • Unit 44: Vocational Experience for Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

This is a progression course from the BTEC 90-credit Level 3 Diploma. You need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English, Maths and Science and 2 additional GCSEs at Grade D or above or a Distinction in a Level 2 BTEC course. You also need to go through an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


The majority of the course is assessed through assignments with the professional practice units assessed through work experience and production of a substantial portfolio. There are associated trips, these take place at the beginning of the second year and are a requirement of the course. Work experience totalling 100 hours is an essential part of this course.

Financial information

You will need a course textbook costing approx £25.00 plus general stationery and transport to work placement plus approx £44 (DBS check). You will also be required to pay £75 for additional activities.

Future opportunities

You could go on to higher education to study a wide range of health and social care related degrees and diplomas. Previous students have studied Midwifery, Nursing – General Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Social Work, Primary School Teaching as well as other courses, such as the Health and Social Care Studies Foundation Degree at Exeter College. Alternatively this course is suitable for a range of careers including community work, health services, social work and welfare work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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