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Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This course prepares you with a highly specialist work-related qualification in Health and Social Care. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level whilst the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. It is a practical, holistic, skills-based programme and will be particularly useful for future vocational job roles where you will be expected to communicate effectively with people and provide support in different care environments. The Subsidiary Diploma allows learners to study other Vocational qualifications such as Public Services or Childcare or A Levels such as Psychology, Sociology or English. The Extended Diploma is a complete programme though you may be gaining your Maths and English qualifications.

Course content

Both Diplomas will include mandatory units such as:

  • Effective communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, Diversity and Rights in Care
  • Health, Safety and Security in Care

There will be some optional units which could include caring for young children, nutrition, safeguarding, complementary therapies, promoting health and human development.

Entry requirements

As well as meeting the college GCSE requirements for a Level 3 course you can progress with a Level 2 Health and Social Care at Merit grade.

For some career pathways it is essential to have core GCSEs as well as undertaking Level 3 study.

A satisfactory enhanced CRB will be essential.


The course is all coursework assessed and you will study at least six units for the Subsidiary Diploma and at least 18 units for the Extended Diploma. Each unit must be passed and will be graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * which builds up your profile and contributes to your final grade.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including role plays, practical assessment and written work as well as demonstrating skills through work placement experience.  You will be developing a range of valuable personal and transferrable skills essential for success in your working life.

Future opportunities

The course is a base for progression for further study or progression into employment. It can lead to a career in Social Work, Teaching, Nursing, youth and community work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years