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Health and Social Care Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

You will study 18 units to gain the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

All core units:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Developing effective communication in health and social care
  • Development through the life stages
  • Health, safety and security in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives
  • Sociological perspectives
  • Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology
  • Personal and professional development


Some specialist units:

  • Values and planning for care
  • Research methodology for health and social care
  • Vocational experience
  • Applied sociological perspectives
  • Health education
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to counselling skills
  • Technology in health and social care services
  • Project in care
  • Complementary therapies
  • Coping with change
  • Caring for children and young people
  • Supporting and protecting adults

Students will also undertake 1 day per week work placement and must complete 100 hours over the two year duration of the course.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE passes at grade A* to C or First/Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject.

Please note that GCSE Grade C or above in English or maths is an entry requirement for this course.


The course is assessed through the development of a portfolio; it is all coursework based. Each piece of work is graded at pass, merit or distinction. A final overall grade is given on completion of the course.

Throughout the course, students, who are in moderately sized groups, have speakers, visits and teaching from specialists in the field. They also participate in student centred learning and research.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care gives access to a wide range of higher education opportunities, such as a diploma or degree to study for careers in nursing, social work, midwifery, residential care management, housing, the probation services, occupational therapy, youth and community work, counselling and more. It has, over the last few years, become apparent that universities really value the balance of academic study and work experience that this course provides. Alternatively students could enter straight into employment within a care organisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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