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Health and Social Care BTEC 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This course is designed for those who wish to work within the health and social care sector. You will complete a minimum of 200 hours work placement over the duration of the course. 

Staff have a wide range of expertise within the field of health and social care including qualified nurses in the disciplines of adult nursing, learning disability and mental health as well as highly experienced social care managers.

Course content

There are 11 mandatory units throughout the two years of the Extended Diploma. A selection of these will take place within the first year to ensure the requirements for the Diploma level are completed first. 

These include: 

- Developing effective communication 
- Equality, diversity and rights 
- Health, safety and security 
- Development through the life stages 
- Anatomy and physiology 
- Personal and professional development 
- Sociological perspectives for health and social care 
- Psychological perspectives for health and social care 
- Values and planning in social care 
- Safeguarding adults and promoting independence 
You will also study to choose a range of optional units including: 

- Physiological Disorders 
- Promoting health education 
- Infection prevention and control 
- Working with medication in health and social care 
- Vocational experience for health and social care 

The course also contains a work placement component and whilst every effort is made to obtain placements within your area of interest this is not always possible. During placement you are supported by the tutor who will visit the setting. 

Whilst you are a student at Boston College you will have a course tutor with whom you will meet regularly on a one-to-one basis to develop your unique individual learning plan.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) including English and Maths and preferably Science, Geography or History. 

Plus 5 days work experience within an appropriate setting such as a school, nursery or care home to be demonstrated by a reference or placement handbook and/or certificate. 

If you wish to progress to a career in Teaching or Nursing you will also need English, Maths and Science GCSEs at Grade C to be able to access further training.


Assessments consist of written assignments for most modules which will include a variety of scenario and vocational objectives. 

Assignments may be in the format of presentations, leaflets, posters, projects, practical observations, witness testimonies and essays.  

A portfolio of evidence will be collated by the learner throughout the course as part of the Personal and Professional Development. 

There are no external examinations for this course.

Financial information

Additional costs include; textbook, memory stick, tunics and educational visits.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead onto the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Health and Social Care, Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care or a university degree in nursing, social work, criminology and social policy 

Direct entry into the workplace to continue a career within health and social care and allied professions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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