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Health and Social Care, Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

During the classroom elements of the course you will learn the theories you need to put your health and social care skills into practice. You will be taught about the legislation which enables our service providers to work successfully. In addition you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the issues which the health and social sector must deal with efficiently and effectively such as child protection.

The knowledge you build up and the skills you develop over the course will be put into practice when you enjoy 100 hours of work experience in the field. The experiences you have on these placements will prove invaluable as you will experience a range of different clients and settings whether you decide to go straight into the workplace or look to start at University! The College has fantastic links with employers who regularly take our students on placement and come in to talk to students about the different jobs and opportunities available. You’ll also attend care setting visits where you will observe the mechanics of how health and social care facilities operate.

The department is currently putting together a proposed list of modules geared towards learners who are particularly determined to study nursing, midwifery etc. This will have the same basic structure but instead of Units 22, 11 and 16 you would study: Unit 19 Microbiology for Health Science, Unit 26 Genetics, Unit 27 Biomedical Sciences.


Course content

Health focus - Equivalent to 3 A Levels

Year 1

6 units to complete including: Understanding of a range of health conditions.

Year 2

6 units to complete including: Diagnosis, Treatment and Preventative Strategies.

General focus - Equivalent to 3 A Levels

Year 1

6 units to complete including: Communication skills used in Health & Social Care.

Year 2

6 units to complete including: Understanding Mental Disorders.



Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Level 2 vocational qualifications can count as one or two of the five GCSE passes.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


Year 1 100% coursework 

Year 2 100% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Salford - Sociology
  • The University of Stafford - Law
  • MMU - Psychology
  • MMU - Primary Education with QTS

Careers Destinations

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Paramedic
  • Midwifery

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Citizenship
  • Government and Politics

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: 03 October 2017
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